Mak­ing Malaysia proud

Lam, Yim and Tan win Su­per Me­chanic Con­test 2018 or­gan­ised by Cas­trol

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - Pace Notes -

The Cas­trol Asia Pa­cific Cars Su­per Me­chanic Con­test 2018 has found the best car me­chan­ics in the re­gion, and they are from Malaysia – Low Pai Khoon, Yim Shao Ze and Alvin Tan Yong Jun.

They emerged as cham­pi­ons in the fi­nal event held at KLCC re­cently, beat­ing teams from Thai­land, In­dia,

Sin­ga­pore and In­done­sia. The teams from Thai­land and In­dia were the run­ners-up and sec­ond run­ners-up re­spec­tively.

The con­test be­gan in March with the Na­tional Rounds, from which 15 Cas­trol car me­chan­ics were se­lected to com­pete and qual­ify for the Grand Fi­nals. From there, the top three qual­i­fiers then formed a team to rep­re­sent their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

In the Grand Fi­nals, the five na­tional teams un­der­went four gru­elling time-based tasks. Af­ter a The­ory Quiz ses­sion, teams had to race against time to demon­strate prac­ti­cal skills in car en­gine main­te­nance in­clud­ing tech­ni­cal knowl­edge on how to change en­gine oil, re­place en­gine parts, as well as di­ag­nose and solve en­gine prob­lems in the short­est time pos­si­ble. To heighten the com­plex­ity of the tasks, time penal­ties were im­posed on teams for any mis­takes made, such as oil spills.

In the end, Team Malaysia were the first to suc­cess­fully start and idle the car they were work­ing on.

“As the man­u­fac­turer of lead­ing en­gine oil brands, Cas­trol EDGE and Cas­trol MAGNATEC, we strive to not just re­ward and recog­nise our me­chan­ics, but also con­tin­u­ously sup­port them in their ef­forts to im­prove their knowl­edge and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise. To this end, the Cas­trol Asia Pa­cific Cars Su­per Me­chanic Con­test is an ex­cel­lent plat­form where they can show­case their skills and gain valu­able ex­po­sure on a re­gional level,” said Shyam Bala­sub­ra­ma­nian, re­gional mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, BP/Cas­trol Asia & Pa­cific.

In ad­di­tion to the grand prize, Low, Yim and Tan earned the op­por­tu­nity to join the pit crew of the Re­nault Sports For­mula One Team dur­ing the F1 Grand Prix in Sin­ga­pore.

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