The search for the best car mechanic in the region came to a spectacular close at the KLCC Convention Centre today as team Malaysia, formed by Low Pai Khoon, Yim Shao Ze and Alvin Tan Yong Jun, was crowned the Regional Champion of the Castrol Asia Pacific Cars Super Mechanic contest 2018!
Today’s final event saw the culmination of months of fierce competitions to discover and recognise some of the best car mechanics in the region. The Castrol Asia Pacific Cars Super Mechanic Contest 2018 kicked-off with the National Rounds in March, from which only 15 of Castrol car mechanics were selected to proceed to the Grand Finals to compete in yet another bout of theoretical and practical challenges. The top three National Champions then formed a team to represent the country, where they competed against representatives from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and India to prove their theoretical knowledge and practical expertise.
In today’s Regional Grand Finale, the five National Teams underwent four gruelling time-based tasks. After a Theory Quiz session, teams had to race against time in demonstrating superior 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 further heighten the complexity of the tasks, time penalties were imposed on teams for any mistakes made throughout the challenges, such as oil spills.
After a fierce battle, team Malaysia emerged as the first team to successfully start and idle the car they were working on, thereby completing the final task of the Castrol Asia Pacific Cars Super Mechanic Contest 2018 amidst cheers and applause from the spectators.
In the same vein, Shyam Balasubramanian said, “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. Kudos to the Regional Champions for a job well done and thank you to all participants for your effort, determination and passion throughout this contest.”
In addition to the Grand Prize, Low Pai Khoon, Yim Shao Ze and Alvin Tan Yong Jun will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the pit crew of the Renault Sports Formula One Team during the F1 Grand Prix race in Singapore this September.
Commenting on the team’s historic win, Low Pai Khoon, said, “We are so happy to be able to represent the country and go on to win the regional Castrol Asia Pacific Cars Super Mechanic contest 2018! It was a gruelling few months and we are thankful for all the support we’ve received in the lead up to today. We are very excited to be joining the pit crew in the upcoming F1 Grand Prix in Singapore and look forward to learning all we can from the best mechanics in the world. We would like to thank Castrol for this opportunity and aim to do our best in September and beyond!”
Team Thailand and team India were runner-up and second runner-up respectively.