Winger Subaru Pukekohe technician Ryan Grave has qualified for the biennial Subaru World Technical Competition in Tokyo, Japan.
After competing in the New Zealand round, where he was placed in the Top Six for New Zealand, he was selected to compete in the Oceania Technical Competition in Australia earlier in March this year.
There, he competed against other technicians from the Oceania area including South Africa, and New Caledonia, and qualified for the world event.
The Oceania competition, held in Sydney, involved several components including a written exam, a practical session based on car diagnostics and testing both on and off the car over two days.
“It was a massive set up,” Ryan says, “It was really cool.”
Ryan has been part of Winger since 2006, and a mechanic for 16 years.
Subaru of New Zealand’s Managing Director Wallis Dumper congratulated Ryan on his result and his qualification for the Japanese event.
“This consistent high performance again underlines the strength of Subaru technicians in the brand’s authorised dealer network and shows we are up there with the best in the world,” Mr Dumper says.
Subaru of New Zealand’s Technical Service Manager Phil Hall assisted Mr Grave at the competition as an advisor and was pleased with how Mr Grave worked under pressure.
“Ryan performed really well and managed to score the top result out of all competitors in a number of the 11 individual tests in the competition. This sort of performance shows he deserves his place at the 2017 Subaru World Technical Competition. I’m excited to see how he goes in Japan,” Mr Hall says.
Ryan says he is excited about competing in Japan.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he says. “They will tell us in advance what car we’ll be working on, which will help.”
He says he’ll be practicing in the lead up to the Japanese competition. “It’s about knowing where to go, and fast. You need to know what you’re looking at in the data.”
Ryan will undergo further training and competition preparation in the coming months to ensure he is ready to have a crack at the title of ‘World’s best Subaru Technician’.
Ryan Grave from Winger Pukekohe will compete against the other best Subaru technicians in the World.