The colour, drama and speed of the V8 Supercars gripped the Territory once again this month, but for a lucky group of Charles Darwin University (CDU) automotive apprentices the experience was much different.
Approached by Supercar teams, a select group of CDU apprentices volunteered their weekend and were part of the V8 Supercars smash repair crew.
The high speeds and tight corners around the Hidden Valley circuit ensured a heavy work load for the group.
CDU coordinator of panel and paint, Grant Mauger, said the weekend was a fantastic experience for the apprentices: “It’s not everyday you get to work around V8 Supercars which have to look as good as they perform.”
“The experience they got from working in a team of trained professionals was invaluable and you couldn’t wipe the smile off their faces all weekend long,” he said.
“The theory and practical work the boys have undertaken through their studies was put to practice and the result was impressive.”
The group was rewarded for their hard work and application with a guided tour through the pit facilities and the chance to meet some of the big name drivers.
A Darwin round of the V8 Supercars Championship Series is held annually at Hidden Valley.