Two-time winner

Two-time winner

Tabouvatzis Vasilis has successfully defended his champion’s title in the Greek national final of Scania’s Young European Truck Driver competition. 

Two-time Greek YETD champion Tabouvatzis Vasilis.

Two-time Greek YETD champion Tabouvatzis Vasilis.

The Greek final saw 25 skilled drivers compete for a slot in the European final which will be held in Södertälje, Sweden in April 2015. More than 100 spectators travelled to the venue – a Scania workshop close to Thessaloniki – to support their favourite driver.

Fuel-efficient driving

In addition to a number of manoeuvring challenges, the drivers were required to demonstrate fuel-efficient driving using Scania Driver Support, a real-time support system that provides drivers with hints and feedback to help them refine their driving styles.

All 25 competing drivers received a medal for their outstanding fuel-efficient driving skills.

All 25 competing drivers received a medal for their outstanding fuel-efficient driving skills.

After the two days of competition, Vassilis Tabouratzis, 35, from Thiva managed to defend his title.

Skilled and experienced

“I’m really happy I could defend my title,” Tabouratzis said after the victory. “I think Knock the King is the hardest part. I’ll prepare myself for the final at work. I will do my best to bring the first prize, a Scania Streamline truck, to Greece.”

Tabouratzis work involves the local transport of concrete.