From a shortlist of five DAF technicians from across Australia, Greg Pearce of Brown & Hurley Kenworth DAF Coffs Harbour has been named PACCAR Australia’s 2023 DAF Technician of the Year.
Brad May, chief engineer PACCAR Australia, and Steven Tomaro, aftersales manager PACCAR Australia, presented the award to Pearce, congratulating him on his win and performance on the day.
The search for the 2023 DAF Technician of the Year began in October 2022. All service technicians at DAF Dealerships Australia-wide were invited to participate in the competition, which aimed to recognise and reward the best of the best.
The event consisted of five practical assessments measuring technical skills, product knowledge, engine expertise and professionalism.
Following Pearce closely was Paul McKenna of Kenworth DAF Melbourne in second place and Brody Vitler of CJD Kenworth DAF Albany in third place.
Aiden DeGroot of CJD Kenworth DAF Perth came in at fourth place, followed by Jack Rutherford from CJD Kenworth DAF Darwin in fifth place.
The finals were held over a full day on Friday March 24, 2023 at Kenworth DAF Melbourne.
The finalists received over $30,000 worth of prizes, including a voucher for a selection of tools vital to the job.
Just like last year, there was an additional incentive once again, with the first placed Technician of the Year to join Team 18 as a Garage Crew member at this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000. Additionally, second and third place-getters will be treated to a weekend Garage Crew experience with Team 18 at an upcoming Supercars event.