Twelve TAFE Western Motor Sport, Heavy Vehicle and Panel Beating apprentices have described working at this year’s Bathurst 1000 event as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with many rating it a career highlight and the best experience they’ve ever had.
TAFE Western Motor Sport Coordinator John Ewing said the organisation’s Motor Sport Training Centre at Mount Panorama, located behind pit lane, was a hive of activity all weekend as the students helped many racing car teams over Australia’s most famous V8 Supercars racing weekend.
“The students were thrilled to bits with the experience. They loved getting in there and getting their hands dirty,” Mr Ewing said.
“Most of our work came from the Toyota 86 Racing Category and the Touring Car Masters, which had by far the biggest representation in that category at Bathurst ever.
“We made lots of friends from New Zealand, because a lot of them brought their cars to Bathurst but didn’t have a lot of other resources. That’s where they came to the TAFE Western Motor Sport Training Centre for assistance.”
Parkes apprentice Siobhan O’Brien, as well as international students Julian Koay (Philippines) and Brian Deveraturda (Malaysia) described working at Bathurst as life-changing experiences and the students won praise for the handy work they demonstrated under pressure on race day.
“I think the highlight for the students was working on many different categories and doing a range of things including suspension steering rebuilds, engine maintenance, brake repairs, chassis and wheel alignments, exhaust replacements and much more,” Mr Ewing said.
Julian added, “The Bathurst 1000 is the biggest event of its kind in Australia and to have the chance to work on many different cars here has been fantastic.”
“It’s been an amazing experience and also interesting to learn more about the Holden and Ford rivalry. The skills you learn while under pressure on race day have been extremely beneficial for me,” Brian added.
Mr Ewing said now the Bathurst 1000 event was done and dusted, many TAFE Western students would have the opportunity to help out at the Sydney Olympic Park V8 Supercars race from December 2-4.
For more information about the huge range of Motor Sport training options available at TAFE Western, visit www.tafewestern.edu.au or phone 1300 823 393.
** Julian Koay and Brian Deveraturda in the TAFE Western Motor Sport Training Centre shed at the Bathurst 1000.