Brad races to the top

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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?”

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN­SPIR­ING WEEK­END: Brad Wil­liams with the Shell team at Sandown.

Bradley Wil­liams in­side the Shell in­ner-cir­cle at Sandown.

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