Team Malaysia mechanics are regional champion at Castrol contest

By CARSIFU | 11 September 2018


KUALA LUMPUR: The search for the best car mechanic ended with an exciting close at the KLCC Convention Centre when team Malaysia took the top spot as the Regional Champion of the Castrol Asia Pacific Cars Super Mechanic contest 2018.

“The Castrol Asia Pacific Cars Super Mechanic contest 2018 is the most exciting one yet, with some of the best Castrol car experts in the region going all out to seize the top spot,” said BP/Castrol Asia & Pacific regional marketing director Shyam Balasubramanian.

The Malaysian mechanics (from left) Low, Yim and Tan.
The Malaysian mechanics (from left) Low, Yim and Tan.


The team - comprising Low Pai Khoon, Yim Shao Ze and Alvin Tan Yong Jun - will join the Renault Sport Formula One team pit crew at the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2018, went up against the likes of other contenders from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and India.

Team Thailand and Team India were runner-up and second runner-up respectively.

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After a fierce battle, team Malaysia emerged as the first team to successfully start and idle a Honda City they were working on to complete the final task of the contest.

This year's contest kicked-off with the National Rounds in March, from which only 15 Castrol car mechanics were selected to proceed to the Grand Finals to compete in another bout of theoretical and practical challenges.

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During the finale, the five National Teams underwent four time-based tasks that started with a theory-based quiz session.

This was followed by the teams having to race against time in demonstrating their practical skills in car engine maintenance, which included technical knowledge on how to change engine oil, replace engine parts, as well as diagnose and solve engine problems within the shortest time possible.

The Castrol Asia Pacific Cars Super Mechanic Contest 2018 kicked-off with the National Rounds in March, from which only 15 of Castrol car mechanics were selected to proceed to the Grand Finals to compete in yet another bout of theoretical and practical challenges.

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The top three National Champions then formed a team to represent the country, where they competed against representatives from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and India to prove their theoretical knowledge and practical expertise.

To further add to the complexity of the tasks, time penalties were imposed on teams for any mistakes made throughout the challenges, such as oil spills.

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