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Mohd Elyas Bin Zakaria from Malaysia beat over 3600 hopefuls to be crowned 2017 Porsche Asia Pacific Driver of the Year in the Licence to Thrill campaign.

14 Sep 2017 | Local News : Singapore


In June 2017, Porsche Asia Pacific launched the region-wide Licence to Thrill campaign in search of the 2017 Porsche Asia Pacific Driver of the Year. The response was unprecedented - more than 3600 entrants from 13 countries across the region responded to the call to compete for the opportunity to win the title, and a fully sponsored trip to the Porsche Experience Centre in Los Angeles, U.S.A. 

Mohd Elyas Bin Zakaria from Malaysia wins the title of being the first ever Porsche Asia Pacific Driver of the Year
At the final practical test at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, 30 shortlisted competitors completed a series of unusual but exhilarating practical tests such as the Reverse Gymkhana, designed to push their limits and get pulses racing.

Going down in history as the first ever Porsche Asia Pacific Driver of the Year, Mohd Elyas Bin Zakaria from Malaysia won the inaugural title, demonstrating exceptional knowledge and skill on the track. 

Commenting on his win, Mohd Elyas, said, "I'm very humbled to receive the award and to be the first Porsche Asia Pacific Driver of the Year. The challenges were unique and definitely one of a kind, stressful yet fun. This is definitely what Porsche is all about. Moving forward, I hope to see Licence to Thrill becoming an annual event on the Porsche calendar. Thank you and keep up the great work."

The Licence to Thrill campaign is unlike any other in the automotive industry, representing Porsche's desire to celebrate values such as skill, passion and flair, which are deeply embedded in the company's DNA.
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