It's going to be another test of skills for these popular mechanics. The winners of Castrol India's Super Mechanic contest – Manish Kumar Sharma, Sunil Dhopatkar and Sachin Tiwari – held recently in Mumbai, are headed overseas to prove their skills in the Asia Pacific region.
The trio are now headed for Malaysia to participate in the Castrol Asia Pacific Super Mechanic regional finale for cars, where champion mechanics from six other countries will battle it out for the title of ‘Castrol Super Mechanic – Asia Pacific’.
The qualifying rounds for the India contest were held in Delhi and Mumbai, with top six finalists from each location, qualifying to compete in the finals. The grand finale saw four teams, comprising three mechanics each, vie for the India title. The final round included a quiz and a practical round, which tested the mechanics on their vehicle servicing and repair knowledge and skills.
According to Kedar Apte, vice-president – Marketing, Castrol India, “The Castrol Super Mechanic programme was initiated with an aim to recognise and reward one of the most undervalued communities in our country – the mechanics – one of our key stakeholders, who keep India moving. Our programme gives them a platform to showcase their knowledge and skills and updates them on the latest trends and technologies emerging in the automotive and lubricant industries. We are delighted with the response we got for the Castrol Super Mechanic programme this year, and are looking forward to a more exciting and engaging event next year.”
One of the winners, Sunil Dhopatkar, said, “I am really excited to win the Castrol Super Mechanic competition for cars and proudly look forward to representing India at the Asia-Pacific finale. The Castrol Super Mechanic contest has helped me develop and improve my skillset and knowledge. The judges, training and interaction with instructors at the contest gave me rich exposure to new technologies and techniques which I would not have had the opportunity to access.”
The winning team at the Castrol Super Mechanics Asia-Pacific event will be invited to experience the technical precision and speed alongside the Renault F1 Pit Crew at the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix in September.