The first stage of the Renault Trucks Road To Excellence Championship (RTEC) Aftersales Challenge 2017 has now ended. 5,285 candidates from 49 countries originally entered and competed against each other in theoretical tests and the final 24 teams – including two from the UK – have qualified for the international Grand Final to be held in Lyon on 17th May to determine the ‘Best Renault Trucks Aftersales team’.

The final competing RTEC teams come from France, Algeria, Turkey, Ghana, Denmark, Switzerland, Sultanate of Oman, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Portugal, Israel, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.

The qualifying teams, each comprising a maximum of four people, will face each other over six practical tests performed in real conditions in the manufacturer’s training workshop. The situations presented to the 24 teams resemble those facing technicians in their daily work. Technically very varied, the tests cover all stages of aftersales service, with the challenge lying in teams being able to distribute tasks effectively according to the respective skills of the team members.

Representing the UK are two teams – ‘RT Chiltern’, a team competing on behalf of Renault Truck Commercials of Dunstable (Conor Flanagan (Team Leader) , Paul Caley, Rikki Oliver and Chris Missen) and ‘WOW’ from Woodwards Truck and Van Centre, Wigan which comprises Brad Warden, Matt McCall, Gordon MacDonald and Neil Bishop (Team Leader).

This year for the first time, Renault Trucks is organising a special version for students, called RTEC Junior. Echoing the main competition, the manufacturer has invited 21 students from the final year of Les Catalins Technical High School in Montélimar (Drôme) to take part in theoretical texts based on knowledge of industrial vehicles and spare parts with the top two teams being given the opportunity to attend the international final in Lyon.

By organising RTEC Junior, Renault Trucks is looking to promote careers in the automotive industry and reveal the talents of the future.