Truck tech­ni­cians take on world

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

Five Sca­nia truck tech­ni­cians from Whanga¯ rei will take on the world af­ter fin­ish­ing top equal in the Asia-pa­cific re­gion.

The All Torque, All Noise team com­prises Daniel Hal­ton, Tom Hicks, Scott Cann, Braden Olsen and Craig Lu­cas, who work at Cableprice's Whanga¯ rei branch.

In late Septem­ber, the team com­peted in the Sca­nia Top Team re­gional fi­nal in Kuala Lumpur against seven Asia-pa­cific teams. At the one-day event, the team had to com­plete a range of chal­leng­ing tech­ni­cal tasks in­clud­ing a the­ory-based ex­er­cise. The men fin­ished first equal with the Chi­nese team.

Both teams will now travel to Swe­den in De­cem­ber to com­pete in the global fi­nal, where they will face off against 10 other teams for the $89,504 prize.

The Whanga¯ rei team's win is im­pres­sive as Hal­ton and Lu­cas have both only worked on Sca­nia trucks for 18 months, while the Chi­nese had a min­i­mum of five years' ex­pe­ri­ence.

Cableprice Whanga¯ rei op­er­a­tions man­ager Iain Hunt said he was enor­mously proud of the team for mak­ing it to the world fi­nal.

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