After months of intense competition and a regional grand finale that was fiercely contested by four other nations, the Malaysian trio of Low Pai Khoon, Yim Shao Ze and Alvin Tan Yong Jun has just been crowned the regional champions of the Castrol Asia Pacific Mechanic Contest 2018.
The grand finale held over the weekend saw the culmination of months of spirited competitions to discover and recognize some of the best car mechanics in the region. With the national rounds that began in March, three national finalists from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and India formed their teams to represent their country.
The five nations fought extremely hard in the grand finale, which was broken down into two sections- a quiz to assess theoretical knowledge and a 60-minute practical challenge.
In the practical challenge, contestants were required to perform an oil change, followed by diagnosing faults and troubleshooting engine problems on identical and randomly assigned Honda City models. To further heighten the complexity of the tasks, time penalties were imposed on teams for any mistakes, such as oil spills.
Team Malaysia was the first team to complete all the tasks with 20 minutes to spare, with Team Thailand followed closely behind and Team India the second runner-up.
“The Castrol Asia Pacific Cars Super Mechanic contest 2018 is the most exciting one yet, with some of the best Castrol car experts in the region going all out to seize the top spot. Congratulations to our Regional Champions who have worked tirelessly throughout these months to better themselves and push their theory and practical expertise to the limit,” said Regional Marketing Director of BP/Castrol Asia & Pacific Shyam Balasubramanian.
“Castrol is proud to be able to be a part of this journey with them. We hope this experience will, in turn, give them leverage in growing their business and providing enhanced service to their customers.” added Balasubramanian.
As part of the grand prize, the trio from Malaysia will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the pit crew of the Renault Sport F1 Team at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. Castrol is the official lubricant provider for the French-British Formula 1 team since 2017.