Top tech’s trans-Tasman tie
NEW ZEALAND’S TOP HINO TECHNICIAN Heidi Inkster has tied with her Aussie champion rival in a head to head Trans-Tasman Challenge in Sydney.
Inkster, from Truckstops, Wellington, took on 2016 Australian champion Asa Pearson as part of Hino Australia’s 2018 Hino National Skills Contest, in the rst Australia v NZ shootout.
Inkster says thought she was “up against it,” given the amount of competition in Australia for its titles – and she thought it was a joke when they announced the draw.
“I really noticed a step up in pressure, but made sure I took care of the basics and built from there.”
¢e challenge saw Inkster and Pearson compete at the same time and against the clock, with 30 minutes to nd four faults on a new GH1A wide-cab Hino. ¢ey had a time limit on nding each fault.
“Normally you have time to think about a job but it was really interesting to see how you go under real time pressure,” Inkster says.
Hino NZ technical support manager Simon Wilson says it’s a rst-time encounter between top NZ and Australian Hino techs “and we couldn’t be prouder of Heidi.”
Inkster encourages other Truckstops technicians to enter the NZ competition next year: “Give it a go and give it heaps! I actually learnt tonnes from the online component leading up to the nal, so even if you don’t make it through, you will still benet from the experience.”
Heidi travels to the Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar race this month as part of her prize and goes to Japan next year for an international awards ceremony hosted by Hino.
Heidi Inkster competing in the Trans-Tasman Challenge