Top tech’s trans-Tas­man tie

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

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 bene”t 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

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