Two technicians from Benfield Motor Group have won the UK’s Service Qualification World Championships earlier this week.
The overall winners were Scott Anderson from Benfield Silverlink and Ian Perry from Benfield Motors of Newcastle.
Anderson claimed the title of Service Advisor of the Year, while Ian retained his crown as Master Technician of the Year.
The finalists had already navigated their way through two rounds of online questions, before they came head-to-head at Volkswagen’s National Learning Centre in Milton Keynes for a series of theoretical and practical challenges.
Some had to battle the weather too: service advisor Craig Huggins and master technician Gary Arthur set out from Specialist Cars in Aberdeen at 05:00 on Monday and didn't arrive in Milton Keynes until 02:00 on Tuesday. Their train stopped half way, which meant a £210 taxi ride and only a few hours sleep before the final began.
The winners will go on to represent Volkswagen UK at the international Service Qualification World Championship finals at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg in May 2011.
The results: Service Advisor of the Year 2010
Winner: Scott Anderson, Benfield Silverlink
Nauman Rashid, West London Volkswagen
Sue Brown, Leicester Volkswagen
Gemma Bennett, Listers Nuneaton
Craig Huggins, Specialist Cars (Aberdeen) Limited
Emma Dodds. Benfield Motors of Newcastle
Kate Thomas, Northgate Volkswagen in Bury St Edmunds
Shelly Thornton, Martins of Basingstoke
Donna Sillience, Barnards Volkswagen in Stowmarket
The results: Master Technician of the Year 2010
Winner: Ian Perry, Benfield Motors of Newcastle
Julian Durrant, Barnards Volkswagen in Stowmarket
Artur Ziminski, Crewe Volkswagen
Zbyszek Domanski, West London Volkswagen
Gary Arthur, Specialist Cars (Aberdeen) Limited