Friday, 11 May 2018 11:18

Joel Carrello with the V8 ZB Commodore Supercar Joel Carrello with the V8 ZB Commodore Supercar Photo Credit: www.timbarringtonphotography.com

Automotive Institute of Technology (AIT)'s GTO Apprentice Joel Carrello was awarded MTAA Super’s Apprentice prize, providing him with the opportunity to join the Autobarn-Lowndes Racing Team during the Perth SuperSprint leg of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Series.

Joel, an Apprentice at Haslinger’s Automotive Service in Shenton Park, was granted MTAA Super’s highly sought after prize by Phil Seals in what was a tight competition, with nominations including Brandon Taylor (Rockingham Mazda), Samuel Blades-Head (Gibbons Holden) and Jacob Thorne (Rockingham Holden), who are all current Apprentices in training with the AIT's Group Training Organisation.

Joel made the most of his win, spending three gruelling days in the fast-paced, high-pressure pit environment whilst providing support for the 6-time Bathurst winner Craig Lowndes. Joel said that “The Supercars pit crew experience was quite a challenging one. Three long days on my feet paying complete attention to the task at hand and never without a job or task to complete. However, it was incredibly rewarding and the final race was a testament to that. Craig came from the back of the grid to finish in third place.”

With 12 hour days and intense concentration required, Joel was reported to be very cool under pressure within pit lane. For any automotive mechanic -Apprentice or otherwise- the excitement combined with the desire to perform and showcase skills would have been nerve-inducing. Joel took the moment in his stride, humbly stating that “The joy within the garage between the team was evident and it made the weekend that much more rewarding and meaningful. Many lessons were taken from the weekend, whether that be the importance of having a clean working space or how valuable every second is under racing conditions. Full, undivided attention is required from everyone involved to get the best out of the car and it truly showed over the weekend in the results.”

Joel’s AIT Trainer Ange Joyce-Fay commended Joel for his personality, passion and the support afforded to him by the family-run Haslinger’s Automotive Services. Jodi & Gunther Haslinger are proud MTA WA members and it should come as no surprise that they have mentored a future industry leader within Joel.

We hope that this is one of many achievements for Joel and would like to acknowledge the runners-up and their employers for their achievements, which earned them their respective places. Initiatives such as this provide local talent with the chance to work among the nation’s best racing teams and are integral to the growth and nurturing of WA’s automotive repairer talent.

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