Castrol Malaysia recently held the inaugural Castrol Car Mechanic Contest 2017, which came to a close after months of intense battles with Sangar Ganesh from Castrol Auto Service Syarikat Seng Hin in Bukit Mertajam, Penang being crowned champion.
Sangar was presented with prizes worth RM22,000, which include an all-expense paid trip to catch the Renault Sport Formula One team in Singapore.
Second and third places were respectively won by Bong Teck Hua from ‘Castrol Auto Service Nan Rong Automobile’ in Johor Bahru, Johor and Ho Weng Seng from ‘Castrol Auto Service Sunday Motor’ in Ipoh, Perak.
Participants had to go through three rounds of skill challenges over a period of four months, which culminated in a final round at Genting Highlands for the top 20 contestants.
Launched in April, the Castrol Car Mechanic Contest 2017 was initiated to find and recognise the best experts in the field, and was open to 1,200 mechanics from all Castrol Auto Service (CAS) outlets throughout Malaysia.
“Our Castrol Auto Service outlet mechanics are all experts in their field, and this contest is just one of the many programmes we have in place so that the mechanics are always on a continuous journey of improvement, to ensure they are always on top of their game.
“In addition to this, it has always been our longer-term goal to support the mechanics and owners of the CAS outlets so that we grow a sustainable business together to ensure a better future for all,” said Castrol marketing director Malaysia & Singapore Keow Mei-Shan.
Contestants were tested on their automotive and product knowledge through theoretical challenges, as well as on-the-job skills and professionalism in handling their day-to-day job requirements through practical challenges.
Sangar, with 18 years of experience as a mechanic under his belt, said it is the first time he has ever won something as prestigious, and is thankful to his family and employer for the support they showed him throughout the competition.
“It is a tremendous achievement for me to have earned this coveted title, especially when I had to compete against some of the most knowledgeable and skilful mechanics in the country.
“I am looking forward to catch the Renault Sport Formula One Team in Singapore, as I have never had the opportunity to experience a live F1 race,” he said.
Sangar added that knowledge and skills are constantly being upgraded on the job, and constant self-improvement in that area is important.
Keow believes the competition was successful at achieving its objectives, and Castrol is planning to make it an annual event.
There are also plans in the pipeline to take it to the Asean level by next year.