by Dom Wiseman

Angus Short from Coast Road Motors in South Australia has been crowned Champion of the 2018 Yamaha Marine Technician Grand Prix. The event was held on the 31st October 2018 at the Yamaha Marine Technical Training Facility in Brisbane.

Each year, Yamaha Marine host events to ensure their technicians remain at the top of the field when it comes to technical nous and this year, the event was very closely contested event. Angus came out on top with Rhys Sutton from Fishing Boats NZ, a very close runner up, in fact the 2018 event was the closest fought in the history of the Marine Technician Grand Prix.

The Technician Grand Prix event is a contest which sees the top finalists from each region across Australia and New Zealand put their skills to the test in a series of practical tasks and an online theory exam.

“It’s encouraging to see such a high level of technical ability across the Technician Grand Prix finalists and the broader Yamaha Outboard Dealer network” says Trevor Forbes, National Service Manager for YMA & YMNZ, this level of ability flows onto the customer resulting in higher customer satisfaction, adds Trevor.

As the winner of the Yamaha 2018 Oceania Marine Technician Grand Prix, Angus receives an all expenses paid trip to Japan where he will visit the Yamaha production factory and many other cultural sites, he also picks up a $1000 Visa gift card. His dealership also receives a 205L drum of Yamalube for use in their service department.

Yamaha would like to congratulate all the finalists for the 2018 Oceania Marine Technician Grand Prix.

Mathew Barlow, Tristram Marine NZ

Matt Walker ,Whitewater Marine QLD

Ryan Hay, Lewis Marine TAS

Paul Bonnici, Power Marine NSW

Rhys Sutton, Fishing Boats NZ

Peter Sertis, Boat City WA

All finalists receive a Yamaha Home Entertainment System and a commemorative gift from YMC Japan.
Yamaha looks forward to hosting the 2020 Oceania Marine Technician Grand Prix.