Issue 16
Monday, 12 September 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Flying Spanners winners (from left) John Bull and David Johnstone compete against Alex Riley and Praveen Kumar
Flying Spanners winners (from left) John Bull and David Johnstone compete against Alex Riley and Praveen Kumar

‘Diesel’ students win Flying Spanners

By Patrick Nelson

Two Charles Darwin University heavy diesel students have won the Flying Spanners competition at the Desert CentreNATS car festival in Alice Springs.

Country Diesel apprentices David Johnston and John Bull took just 26 minutes and 55 seconds to disassemble and rebuild a four-cylinder engine to win the Shannon’s / CDU Flying Spanners final.

In second place just 41 seconds behind were fellow automotive students Alexander Riley and Praveen Kumar from Team Kittle, who stopped the clock in 27 minutes and 36 seconds.

Trades team leader Jamie Finn said the apprentices demonstrated great skill, dexterity and an ability to perform under sustained pressure.

“Participants had to be well organised, work as a team, and think and act quickly,” Mr Finn said.

“It was a tense unfolding drama with improving times as the competition advanced through a series of heats, semis and the final.

“Most of the competitors were apprentices from local automotive workshops, although two teams of aircraft engineers also took part.”

Mr Finn said the event attracted good crowds and public interest all day.

“We streamed vision from head cameras on to a big TV screen that allowed the public to see exactly what the competitors were seeing.”

Mr Finn said that the winners gave an indication of their prowess early in the day when they recorded the quickest heat (44 min 56 sec). They also posted the quickest time in the semis (26 min 22 sec).

They win a trip for two to Canberra and entry tickets to the Summernats in January next year. The runners-up win 125-piece tool kits from Repco Alice Springs.