Dennis Terendiy dreamed of competing in a Ukrainian version of Scania’s Young European Truck Driver competition long before such an event actually existed. Now, in a fairy tale ending, he has won the first-ever Ukrainian national final and has his sights set on the European title.
Dennis Terendiy has a passion for Scania’s Young European Truck Driver (YETD) competition.
The 26-year-old driver from the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk first learned of the event in 2008 and since that time has excitedly watched on as new champions have been crowned and the competition has been extended to more and more European nations.
First out of the starting blocks
When Scania announced the event would be staged in Ukraine for the first time in 2014, Terendiy, who drives for OOO AV Metal Group, was the first driver in Dnipropetrovsk to apply to take part.
His story had a fairy tale ending when Terendiy walked away as Ukraine’s first ever national champion after a thrilling final in the city of Kiev. Over 250 people attended the event, which coincided with the launch of the new Scania Used Truck Centre in Ukraine.
Competition kicked off with the fuel economy challenge, defensive driving followed by first aid and rescue. After the staging of the super Z, the competition culminated in a thrilling Head-to-Head between the competitions two top drivers. Terendiy then walked away victorious.
Scania Used Truck Centre
In addition to Terendiy’s win, a high point of the day was the official opening of the Scania Used Truck Centre in Kiev. This was conducted in cooperation with the Swedish Ambassador to Ukraine, Anders Von Beckerath, who gave an inspiring talk on Scania’s involvement in the country.
After winning, Terendiy revealed his long passion for the competition. He said after becoming inspired by the 2008 YETD event he spent many hours playing Scania Driving Simulator game, learning as much as he could about manoeuvring.
Seeking contact with Russian champion
Over the years, he has followed the development of the competition, particularly in neighbouring Russia. Prior to the Ukrainian finals, he made contact with the Russian national champion for YETD. Terendiy made a promise that the two would see each other at the European final in Sweden.
The grand final of the YETD competition will be held in Södertälje, Sweden, on 24 and 25 April 2015.