World Crane Championship 2016

TIM HANSEN - WORLD CRANE CHAMPION 2016!

Among 15 finalists Tim Hansen won the championship final with a time of 2:51:42, Guido Beaujean from the Netherlands got silver with a time of 2:53:99, and Martin Utpatel from Germany won the bronze final with a time of 2:51:01.

"I have been nervous from the start," Tim Hansen commented after the race. Tim Hansen has his own company, Tim Hansen APS, and has been operating cranes all his life. It runs in the family: Tim's grandfather Sven Aage Hansen, aged 82, has driven cranes for over sixty years and father Sören Hansen is also a crane operator. "The best thing about being a crane operator is working in the summer time," Tim Hansen said with a smile.

Tim Hansen will return home with the title of World Crane Champion, a EUR 5,000 travel cheque and EUR 20,000 to aid the purchase of a new HIAB crane. In fact, Tim Hansen is considering using his prize money on a new HIAB X-HiPro 232, the same model that was used in the final.

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WORLD CRANE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018


The World Crane Championship 2018 will separate the true pros from the amateurs. Challenge crane drivers from countries around the world in a competition where the winner receives EUR 25,000. All crane drivers are welcome to enter. Sign up to our news letter and get information and news of where and when the next qualification rounds will run and sign up to compete!

Qualifying rounds begin during 2018, qualifying competitions will be held in countries around the world. Stay tuned on this site to get information on when and where the next qualification round is. The winner from each country immediately qualifies to enter the final at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover 2018

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FINALISTS

Among 15 finalists Tim Hansen won the championship final with a time of 2:51:42, Guido Beaujean from the Netherlands got silver with a time of 2:53:99, and Martin Utpatel from Germany won the bronze final with a time of 2:51:01. 

 

 

AUSTRALIA


FINALIST
Robert Zamprogno
Rega Construction
Winning time: 02.48 minutes
 

FRANCE


FINALIST
Alexis MIRANDA 
TRANSPORTS MIRANDE
Winning time: 02.57 minutes

THE NETHERLANDS


FINALIST
Guido Beaujean 
H.J Beaujean B.V.
Winning time: 2.42 minutes
 
 

POLAND


FINALIST
Piotr Strożek
PHU Amikus
Winning time: 04.38 minutes
 

AUSTRIA


FINALIST
Stefan Huber 
HUBER TRANSPORTE
Winning time: 03.08 minutes
 

FINLAND


FINALIST
Jukka Suttinen
JE-Trans Oy
Winning time: 02.42 minutes

NORWAY


FINALIST
Christoffer Carlsen
Veikran AS
Winning time: 02.13 minutes

 

UNITED KINGDOM


FINALIST
TREVOR TACK
Agetur UK Ltd
Winning time: 04:25 minutes
 

BELGIUM


FINALIST
Jozef Verkercke
JOVETRANS
Winning time: 04.00 minutes
 

GERMANY


Martin Utpatel
Rolf Hachenberg Spedition
Winning time: 01.44 minutes
(Special/Short track) 

SWEDEN


FINALIST
Andreas Öhman
Gansta Åkeri AB
Winning time: 03.16 minutes

 

SLOVENIA


FINALIST
ANDREJ SKODNIK 
MEGRAS D.O.O.
Winning time: 03:34 minutes
 

DENMARK


FINALIST
Tim Hansen
TIM S. HANSEN APS
Winning time: 01.36 minutes
 

ITALY


FINALIST
Mr. Virgili
VIRGILI S.N.C.
Winning time: 05.11 minutes

SPAIN


FINALIST
Carles Amils Xampro
ARENES I GRAVES CASTELLOT S.A.
Winning time: 04.00 minutes
 

NEW ZEALAND


FINALIST
Jamie Coles
Stark Bros Ltd.
Winning time: 03:52 minutes
 

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For the first time ever a World Crane Champion ship was held at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, U.K. 2015. There were participants from 12 countries competing for honour and glory and displaying fantastic skills as they did their best to win the grand prize of 25 000 EUR.

During a series of local qualification rounds held in different countries around the world during 2014, the finalists won their right to the finals in Birmingham. Crane drivers from around the world got together during two fantastic days of celebrating crane driving, doing what they enjoy the most; drive cranes!

The winner was Johnny Jensen from Denmark at the impressive time 02:18:49. With a HIAB X-HIPRO 192 he manoeuvred the crane swiftly and precisely though a series of obstacles and won thanks to brilliant skills and nerves of steel.
"I am absolutely thrilled and happy to win this prestigious competition and delighted about my time," said Mr Jensen. "The atmosphere was so fantastic today!"

Carl Gustaf Göransson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Markets at Hiab, said: "The enthusiasm for the World Crane Championships has been tremendous, with people flying in from all over world, and a staggering amount of interest from the media and spectators. There is no better way to show off our fantastic HIAB cranes than with the world's best crane drivers."

"The success of this event means that we are committed to doing this annually, and I am pleased to announce that the 2016 World Crane Championships will be staged in Germany at the IAA Exhibition. So I would like to say to all the skilled crane drivers around the world: we look forward to seeing you next year, in our search for the Hiab World Crane Champion 2016."

Winning time: 02.18.49

Johnny Jensen has been a crane operator for 21 years, and works for Benny Rasmussen and Son. Jensen has previously won a Hiab competition where he was the quickest to move dummy ducks into a pond using his crane. Johnny said: “It’s been incredibly fun to participate, and it would be my great honour and pride to win the WCC. I will do everything I can to take victory home to Denmark.”

Winning time: 02.30.79

Tobias Bergström qualified in as a crane operator in 2009 and started his own company, Tobbes Kranbilar, which operates within construction and civil engineering. Tobias is confident of his chances, having experience operating the majority of truck mounted loading equipment. “It would be such an honour for me and my company, if I were to win the World Crane Championship.”

Winning time: 02.37.92

Martin Utpatel won the regional qualifying round in Germany, said: “The best kind of
preparation for me is my daily work with my Hiab crane at Rolf Hachenberg Spedition. To win the WCC would crown my 20 years work with cranes in this performance class. This is a very prestigious title and I aim to do my very best.”

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If you have any problems or enquiries, please feel free to contact us:

Hanna-Kaisa Talvensaari
Senior Communications Manager
Press contacts

+358 40 7581572
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Jennie Rosengren
Event Manager 
 
+46 (0)70 655 27 66
jennie.rosengren@hiab.com

Lotta Sjöberg
Marketing Manager, HIAB loader cranes
 
+46 70 757 75 72
lotta.sjoberg@hiab.com

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