Mumbai, August 16, 2018
The winning trio - Manish Kumar Sharma, Sunil Dhopatkar and Sachin Tiwari from Mumbai - to represent India at the ‘Castrol Super Mechanic Contest – Asia Pacific’ to be held in Malaysia
In the closely contested Castrol Super Mechanic All-India finale for car mechanics in Mumbai, Manish Kumar Sharma, Sunil Dhopatkar and Sachin Tiwari have emerged victorious. The winning trio will now head to Malaysia for the Castrol Asia Pacific Super Mechanic regional Finale for cars, where champion mechanics from six other countries will battle it out for the ultimate title of ‘Castrol Super Mechanic – Asia Pacific’. The winning team of the Asia-Pacific event will be invited to experience the technical precision & speed alongside the Renault F1 Pit Crew at the prestigious Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix in September.
The qualifying rounds for the Castrol Super Mechanic for Cars were held in Delhi and Mumbai, with top six finalists from each location, qualifying to compete in the finals. The exciting grand finale saw four teams, comprising of three mechanics each, competing to win the prestigious title. The final round included a quiz and a practical round, which tested the mechanics on their vehicle servicing and repair knowledge and skills.
Kedar Apte – Vice President Marketing, Castrol India, said, “The Castrol Super Mechanic programme was initiated with an aim to recognize and reward one of the most undervalued communities in our country - the mechanics – one of our key stakeholders, who keep India moving. Our programme gives them a platform to showcase their knowledge and skills and updates them on the latest trends and technologies emerging in the automotive and lubricant industries. We are delighted with the response we got for the Castrol Super Mechanic programme this year, and are looking forward to a more exciting and engaging event next year.”
Sunil Dhopatkar, one of the winners, commented, “I am really excited to win the Castrol Super Mechanic competition for cars and proudly look forward to representing India at the Asia Pacific finale. Castrol Super Mechanic contest has helped me develop and improve my skill set and knowledge. The judges, training and interaction with instructors at the contest gave me rich exposure to new technologies and techniques which I would not have had the opportunity to access.”
There are over 130 million vehicles on the road in India which require ongoing maintenance and mechanics provide that service. However many of these mechanics have received only basic training but the vehicle technology is constantly evolving and getting more sophisticated. The mechanics skills therefore need to be upgraded constantly. “As a market leader, Castrol seeks to ensure that mechanics who are our partners have updated skills and access to knowledge & training. We have several initiatives wherein we speak to mechanics about changing engines, role of lubricants and customer service. Castrol Super Mechanic Contest is culmination of these programmes by giving mechanics the recognition they deserve for keeping India moving,” said the company press release.