IT'S not often you can book your vehicle in for a service safe in the knowledge it'll be looked over by some of the world's finest service technicians.
Well, Isuzu Truck customers can - after a team of Australian Isuzu truck dealer technicians took out second place at the 2014 Isuzu World Technical Competition held in Tokyo, Japan recently.
Now in its ninth year, the competition, fondly referred to as the 'I-1 Grand Prix', sees Isuzu truck technicians from around the world going head-to-head in a series of challenges including measurement accuracy, vehicle inspection standards, fault identification, repair ability and theoretical understanding.
The 2014 competition was split into two emissions categories. Category A was fought out between countries with EURO IV and above emissions levels, and Category B for those countries with emission levels below EURO IV.
Isuzu Australia's contingent overcame teams from 11 Isuzu distributor nations in Category A, finishing second to the United Kingdom and ahead of the much fancied Japanese team who placed fourth on this occasion.
Coached by Charlie Gracewood from the WA, SA and NT Isuzu Australia Ltd (IAL), Service Team, the Aussie line-up included Brisbane Isuzu's Jazzmer Ducao and Dubbo based Martin Lawson from Tracserv.
IAL National Training Manager, David Smith, said this year's national team was selected from a gifted pool of technicians from the market-leading Isuzu Truck Dealer Network.
"These boys are some the best operators in the truck service industry and I know Charlie put them both through a fair bit of training in the lead up," he said.
"IAL has enjoyed a lot of success over the past few years, winning the I-1 in 2011 and finishing second two years running now.
"The 'I-1' continues to set the bar in terms of mechanical skills challenges worldwide, so we couldn't be happier with the result.
"I think it gives our customers excellent peace of mind knowing the level of skill our technicians possess, and that their purchase is being extremely well looked after when they come in for a service."
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