Scania's NSW Wizards of Aus Top Team of skilled workshop experts is on for a 'three-peat' having won its Regional Final in China over the weekend against rivals from across Asia.
The Wizards of Aus team from Prestons in Sydney's west will now defend its 2011 and 2013 back-to-back victories in the Top Team World Final, upholding Aussie-honour as they go.
Top Team is Scania's bi-annual internal battle of knowledge and wits, which invites teams from 1600 workshops across the Scania world to compete; with national and regional heats, culminating in a World Final, which will held in Sweden at the end of this year.
Scania Top Team requires excellent product knowledge and technical competence, the ability to swiftly diagnose and rectify mechanical issues, work according to set procedures with regard to safety, as well as most importantly, work as a team against the clock as well as against competing teams.
Teams typically spend several hours each week brushing up on their knowledge and problem solving abilities in the months before each round of the competition. In the past two global Top Team competitions, Scania Prestons has emerged victorious, even though the make-up of the team has changed. The 2015 team is the crème de la crème, comprising members of both 2011 and 2013 winning teams.
The 2015 team is made up of Frank Muscat, Logan Hoser, Chris Nobbs, Benn Jeffery and Phil Sage, under the watchful eyes of National Technical Support Manager Jason Grech and his National Technical Support colleague, Steve Watson.
The 2015 Asian Regional Final took place in Guangzhou, China, in hot and humid 35-degree conditions.
Over the course of a gruelling day, the Prestons Top Team completed 10 challenges and came away decisive winners.
Runners up China were 24-points adrift, finishing ahead of the United Arab Emirates team.
"We maintained a solid scoring rate throughout the challenges, and that gave us the momentum we needed to secure the outright win, which is very gratifying," Jason Grech said on behalf of the team.
"The competition kicked off at 7.30am and ran through to 5.00pm and covered 5 primary stations and 5 support stations, where a variety of tasks tested our guys across a series of technology and fault diagnosis issues.
"Knowledge of dedicated customer service, Vehicle Related Services, parts, communications, uptime, vehicle inspections and safety were all probed during the testing," Jason said.
"All of us at Prestons Branch are delighted with the performance of this very experienced Wizards of Aus team. Not only have they all been involved in winning Top Team previously, but they have worked very hard to maintain their edge," says Michael Weber, Scania Regional Executive Manager for NSW.
"We all congratulate them on winning the regional round and look forward to them repeating this in Sweden in November."
Both the Prestons Top Team and the Chinese runners-up advance to the World Final in Sweden in December, where 12 of the best teams in the Scania world will battle it out for ultimate Top Team glory.
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