Rookie recruits down to the wire for V8 dream job

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Updated: September 10, 2011

Working under the bonnet of a V8 Supercar would be a dream come true for any young mechanic, but for five apprentices from around the country, this dream could soon become a reality thanks to Tradingpost.

For the first time in V8 Supercars history, a search has been undertaken to find a Tradingpost Racing Recruit to work alongside Will Davison and the Tradingpost Racing team throughout the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship.

The field has narrowed to five recruits, with each making the trip next week to the Tradingpost Racing headquarters in Melbourne, excited at the opportunity to put their skills to the test and face the very real prospect of becoming part of the team next year.

The five finalists in line to become the Tradingpost Racing Recruit, in no particular order are;

–      Kane Sedonja from Somerton Park in South Australia

–      Joshua Williams from Shepparton in Victoria

–      Glen Fisher from Weethalle in New South Wales

–      Nicole Reith from Gilles Plains in South Australia

–      Gavin Consadine from Kilmore in Victoria

Will Davison was thrilled to hear that the final five had been decided and would be showing off their mechanical skills in the team’s garage.

“This is the first time I’ve seen a sponsor of a race team create such a huge opportunity.  Tradingpost has recognised the importance of developing young talent to keep leading the sport of motor racing into the future,” said Davison.

“The team in the garage play an important role in how well I perform on-track, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on these young recruits and I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re made of!”

The top five recruits will be put through a series of rigorous tests and drills at the team headquarters under the watchful eye of Ford Performance Racing Team Principal, Tim Edwards.

“Tradingpost has launched a fantastic initiative to unearth talented young apprentice mechanics and I’ve no doubt that we’ll see some tough competition as the finalists compete for the ultimate prize,” said Mr Edwards.

Head of Telstra Advertising Network, Michael Padden, commended the final five on making it through to the business end of the competition.

“Tradingpost is committed to supporting motor racing from top to bottom.  We’re proud to be behind a first for V8 Supercars and give an apprentice mechanic the chance to learn from the best,” said Mr Padden.

The Tradingpost Racing Recruit challenge commences next week, with the final five reduced to two on Wednesday 14 September.

The two finalists will then travel with Will and the Tradingpost Racing team to Phillip Island (16-18 September) where they will face the ultimate pressure test – working as part of the pit crew during the ninth round of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship.

The winning 2012 Tradingpost Racing Recruit will be announced before the end of this year’s Championship.