Bathurst beckons for one lucky apprentice 


The colour, drama and speed of the V8 Supercars is about to grip the Territory again, and for a lucky group of automotive apprentices the experience will be an event to remember.

Approached by Supercar teams, a select group of Charles Darwin University automotive apprentices will volunteer their weekend to be part of the V8 Supercars smash repair crew.

Apprentices Jacob Burns, Toby Schultz, Robert White, Errol Dare and Mathew Johnston will mix business with pleasure at Darwin’s 11th V8 Supercar round from 4-6 July.

CDU coordinator of panel and paint, Grant Mauger said the high speeds and tight corners around the Hidden Valley circuit would ensure a heavy work load for the group.

“It’s an exceptional opportunity for our apprentices,” he said.

“Throughout the weekend they will be exposed to new techniques, materials and equipment and gain new skills that will help them in their trade.

“As well as the learning experience, the apprentices also get the chance to see the V8 Supercars in a way many others never do. Many of the drivers come down to check on their cars and for the team it’s a chance to mix it with some of their favourite racing identities.”

At the end of the weekend one of the apprentices will be selected for an all-expenses-paid trip to be part of the NRMA Insurance Smash Repair Team at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October.

“The student selected to work on the team at Bathurst will be selected not necessarily for being the smartest, or best, but will be selected for their willingness to work as part of a team,” Grant said.