NZ Subaru tech­ni­cian wins spot in world com­pe­ti­tion

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Subaru of New Zealand (SNZ) has re­cently proved its dealer net­work has one of the best tech­ni­cians in the Ocea­nia re­gion.

Steve Comber, of Mor­rell Mo­tors in Taupo, was tri­umphant in cat­e­gory at the Ocea­nia re­gion qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, for Fuji Heavy In­dus­tries’ (FHI) Subaru World Tech­ni­cal Com­pe­ti­tion (SWTC).

He has gained a spot to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the com­pe­ti­tion to be held at the FHI Tech­ni­cal Train­ing Cen­tre in Tokyo, Ja­pan, later this year. The SWTC is FHI’s pres­ti­gious bi-an­nual event, fea­tur­ing tech­ni­cians from around the world, who have qual­i­fied for se­lec­tion in lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions.

Each time the SWTC is held, the largest Subaru dis­trib­u­tors from around the world, in­clud­ing Ja­pan, USA, China, Rus­sia and Aus­tralia, are in­vited to send their best tech­ni­cian. These coun­tries ac­count for 12 of the 14 avail­able spots at SWTC.

Smaller Subaru dis­trib­u­tors are re­quired to com­pete in a re­gional com­pe­ti­tions in or­der to se­cure one of the re­main­ing two spots. This year Subaru of New Zealand se­lected Steve – a tech­ni­cian with 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence – from its dealer net­work, as its rep­re­sen­ta­tive, af­ter he achieved the top re­sult in the na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion exam.

The Ocea­nia re­gional com­pe­ti­tion in Syd­ney, was held over two days and com­prised a writ­ten exam and seven time-lim­ited prac­ti­cal tests.

Subaru of New Zealand tech­ni­cal ser­vice man­ager Phil Hall, who trav­elled to Syd­ney as an ad­vi­sor for Steve, said the pres­sure in this en­vi­ron­ment was in­tense, but he per­formed ad­mirably.

“Pho­tog­ra­phers, Subaru staff and two judges on each test were scru­ti­n­is­ing Steve’s ev­ery move­ment. Points were awarded for speed, ac­cu­racy and cor­rect pro­ce­dure as well as the right re­sult,” Phil says.

“This was a daunt­ing arena for Steve to com­pete in, but he is an out­stand­ing tech­ni­cian and re­mained fo­cussed through­out. This showed in the re­sult as Steve is now the Ocea­nia cham­pion.”

Steve says the level of com­pe­ti­tion was very high and he was pleas­antly sur­prised to win.

“It’s a great hon­our to be se­lected to rep­re­sent our re­gion and I’m look­ing for­ward to giv­ing it my best shot at the Subaru World Tech­ni­cal Com­pe­ti­tion, where I will pit my skills against the 13 best tech­ni­cians from around the world.”

Subaru of New Zealand MD Wal­lis Dumper says this re­sult just re­in­forces the suc­cess­ful tra­di­tion that Kiwi tech­ni­cians have set on the world mo­tor­ing stage.

“You need only look at World Rally Cham­pi­onship teams, or For­mula One, or Moto GP, to dis­cover top Kiwi tech­ni­cians are at the helm of some of the great sport­ing teams in motorsport. I guess closer to home we have V8 Su­per­car teams, but what we all need to un­der­stand is that not only are our driv­ers some of the best, but the peo­ple spin­ning the span­ners are too.

“Steve is just a sam­ple of the huge pool of tal­ent we have through­out the New Zealand Subaru dealer net­work mak­ing sure the most im­por­tant peo­ple in our busi­ness – the cus­tomers – are sat­is­fied.

READER RE­PLY 0150913 Taupo’s Steve Comber, of Mor­rell Mo­tors, com­pet­ing in the Ocea­nia re­gion qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Syd­ney

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