Gold Coast’s top bus drivers lap up Movie World stunt driver arena

Gold Coast’s top bus drivers lap up Movie World stunt driver arena

  • 07 Dec 0

Some of Queensland’s top bus drivers battled it out with the Gold Coast’s best at Warner Bros. Movie World’s Hollywood Stunt Driver arena today as part of Surfside Buslines annual ‘Best Bus Driver’ competition.

The arena’s daily daredevils learned a lesson in dexterity as bus drivers went head-to-head against the clock while navigating a number of obstacles across the circuit which had been specially designed to reflect the day-to-day challenges of operating a bus along urban streets.

It was the second consecutive year bus drivers from across the state joined their Gold Coast counterparts in the competition which Surfside Buslines started in 2015 to showcase the experience and skills of professional bus drivers.

Three drivers from Cairns, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast qualified for the event, with each contestant having passed their regional qualifying stage and possessing a flawless driving record.

They challenged three Gold Coast drivers from Surfside’s Coomera, Molendinar and Tweed Heads depot as well as the returning champion Robert Gordon from the Molendinar depot.

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2018 winner Patrick Benadie from Surfside’s Molendinar depot

Surfside Buslines General Manager Martin Hall said the event was a spectacular showcase of the technical skills and abilities of professional bus drivers.

“Our drivers are incredibly proud of their role in the community and this is the chance to have a bit of fun and demonstrate the training, technical ability and experience they apply in their jobs daily,” Mr Hall says.

“While we are delighted to once again take it to the best drivers from across Queensland, there is no doubt that when they get behind the wheel they will be wanting to win bragging rights for another 12 months.”

Village Roadshow Theme Parks COO, Bikash Randhawa said the park was proud to once again support the initiative.

“We have a strong relationship with Surfside Buslines and our Hollywood Stunt Driver arena is the ideal place to host the now state-wide competition,” Mr Randhawa said.

“Our highly-skilled Hollywood Stunt Drivers will kick off the competition with some impressive manoeuvres before the competitors showcase their own precision driving.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the event provided an opportunity for drivers to showcase their ability behind the wheel.

“Bus drivers work hard every day to help us move around our cities and towns and get people to the places they need to go,” Mr Bailey said.

“Queensland’s bus drivers are proud of their work and this demonstration of skill shows the quality of drivers we have committed to doing the best for their passengers so I’m pleased to see their skills acknowledged.”

Patrick Benadie (pictured) from Surfside’s Molendinar depot took out the 2018 event for the first time.