YOUNG GUN: James Greig has secured a spot to represent the southern region.
YOUNG GUN: James Greig has secured a spot to represent the southern region.

Top apprentices to do battle

THREE teams have been selected to represent their regions at the 2019 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge, staged daily at the Hall 3 Loading Dock during the show.

A record number of apprentices sat the gruelling exam this year and the two highest results from each of the regions will compete in the intense challenge.

"Every apprentice who gave the exam a go deserves a pat on the back, it was a tough one. TAFE Queensland SkillsTech provided excellent support this year in helping to arrange the exam and mark the large amount of entries that were submitted," event co-ordinator and former HVIA director Chris Musch said.

All teams will receive tool prizes provided by Warby Tools at the final on Sunday.

The winning team, hosted by major competition sponsor NTI Truck Assist, will attend the Gold Coast 600 Supercars Championship event in October.

They will also be lucky enough to meet some drivers at the championship in the bustling pit lane and will also receive a Red Bull Holden racing team merchandise pack thanks to Iveco Trucks.

With talented competitors and major prizes up for grabs, the competition is expected to be as fierce as ever.

"Visitors at the show can watch the compelling competition unfold with commentary explaining the apprentices' strategies as they approach the challenge. The spectacle grows even more intense as teams watch their time limit evaporate," Mr Musch said.

The teams are:

Eastern region

 

Campbell Garson - RoadTek (Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads), Bundaberg Qld

 

Kieran Herlihy - Iveco, Sydney NSW

North-western region

 

Christopher Smith - Westrans Services, Perth WA

 

Aaron Rich - Cummins South Pacific, Perth WA

Southern region

 

James Greig - Westar Trucks, Melbourne Vic

 

Brett Holland - CMV Truck and Bus, Melbourne

The regional winners work against the clock to identify and correct generated faults on identical trucks provided by IVECO.

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