Brad races to the top
BRAD Williams was pulling double duty driving a Winslow Constructors fuel truck when Big Rigs caught up at the Shell Rimula Apprentice of the Year.
As well as training him in its workshop, Winslow also paid for the Melbourne mechanic to get his truck licence and today he’s one of four drivers going from site to site ensuring a multitude of machines are topped up and ready to roll.
“We’re flat out. We’ve got that much on we can’t keep up – I don’t think I’ll be losing my job any time soon,” joked Brad during a short break from the wheel.
Brad, 21, loves the variety and opportunities Winslow has provided in such a short time in the industry, culminating with Shell’s coveted top apprentice accolade.
Earlier in September he got to spend a weekend in the inner-sanctum of the Shell V-Power Racing Team at the Sandown 500.
Not only did he meet top drivers Fabian Coulthard, Scott McLaughlin, Tony D’Alberto and Alex Premat, Brad also got to walk out on the grid with the team.
“I’d never been to the V8 Supercars before, so to have all the famous people I’d seen on TV standing right next to me, and there I was walking around the pits with them as well, was really exciting,” he said.
Brad was taken by the crew’s professionalism and attention to detail, right down to how they dressed.
The experience only reinforced his determination to be the best he can be in his chosen field, and hopefully inspire others.
“I hadn’t grown up in love with machinery but I came and had a go and I really enjoyed what I was doing – and here I am,” he said.
“My advice to others is just give it a go. What’s the worst that can happen?”
INSPIRING WEEKEND: Brad Williams with the Shell team at Sandown.
Bradley Williams inside the Shell inner-circle at Sandown.