Isuzu has announced the winners of the New Zealand I1 Grand Prix competition for 2012.
Ashley Bennelick and Mark Broadbent have taken out the New Zealand title for the second consecutive year and beat some tough competition from around the country.
The I1 GP is an Isuzu initiated event designed to test Isuzu truck technicians on their abilities and skills from more than 18 countries worldwide. Winning their local event gains technicians automatic entry into the world competition to be held in Japan later this year.
Ashley is from TDM (Transport Diesel & Marine) in Auckland and Mark is from Auckland Truck Specialists. If either of the winners can’t make the world champs the first reserve, Andy Oakley of Blackwells in Christchurch, will go instead.
The Kiwi technicians secured a credible fourth last year only missing on third place by just two points. Countries competing included Oman, Mexico, UAE, Italy, Greece, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Australia.
New Zealand I1-GP mentor and coach for the world champs will again be Trevor Moreland, Isuzu Aftersales Manager who is confident of achieving an even higher placing in Japan.
"Ashley and Mark have worked incredibly hard to secure another national title this year and after last years’ experiences at the worlds I’m confident they can do even better in Japan," Moreland said.
The New Zealand I1 GP is open to all Isuzu technicians from around the country and with the final qualifying taking place in Auckland last month seven technicians battled it out for the top spot over six events which included a written exam and timed activities from electrical wiring to Pre-Delivery Inspections.
Isuzu General Manager Oliver Foote can’t praise the team or their mentor enough for the work they put into preparing for such a mammoth event.
"This competition will see the best of the best face off in a grueling two day challenge and I am confident that the New Zealand team’s dedication, experience and hard work will see them represent our country to the highest degree," Mr Foote said.
The World I1 GP challenge will be fought out in Japan on November 20/21 as the technicians vie to become the best in the world and take away the highly coveted Golden Spanner along with a host of electronic prizes.