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WAU’s Isuzu presence at Supercars rounds

ISUZU employees are being granted a taste of Supercars action this year via Walkinshaw Andretti United.

Through the automotive brand’s alliance with the Ford squad, five Isuzu Trucks technicians will fill in at one round each this season.

It’s a program which began with second-year apprentice Natalie Williams’ presence at the recent Darwin Triple Crown.

“Although I work in a mechanical workshop everyday this experience was eye-opening,” Williams said of Hidden Valley.

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“At Brisbane Isuzu we need to work as a team to achieve our goals, and there are a lot of similarities, but the race team is next level working to tight time limits across the weekend and meeting deadlines.

“I have come away feeling very enthusiastic.

“For a young person especially, it is great to feel like you’re a part of the Isuzu family and that they want me to continue to learn and be inspired through opportunities like this.

Natalie Williams (right) at the Darwin Triple Crown. Pic: Supplied/Daniel Kalisz

“I would recommend to any young woman to have a look at this type of career as it is both unique and rewarding.

“My goal is to stick to the mechanical field and become a foreman or go further into diagnostics.”

Following Williams, there will be Kim Coronacion (Bendigo Isuzu) at Townsville, Tim Davies (Ballarat Isuzu) at Sandown, Harry Merryweather (Brisbane Isuzu Burpengary) at the Gold Coast, and Matthew Dinola (Paterson Cheney) at Adelaide.

“It is fantastic to reward young technicians with this opportunity,” said WAU group communications manager Andrew Wiles.

“We can pass on the importance of teamwork where everyone has a role, and everyone has a job to do on the day. The likes of Natalie then take that back to the dealership and apply that to improve themselves and the team around them.

“It is great to have people who come in wanting to know about pretty much everything, who are willing to help and really get their hands dirty.

“Some could be part of our team in the future, but right now it is great to see Natalie and her fellow technicians dedicate themselves to their chosen field.”

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