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Sytner Group’s elite technicians compete for VIP Grand Prix tickets (gallery)

Detroit-bound: the winners of Sytner Group's Elite Technician Challenge 2018
Technicians were challenged to diagnose common faults with vehicles in speedy style as part of the Sytner challenge
As well as identifying technical issues, technicians were required to explain the problem and the potential fix
The technicians challenge took place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Technicians from across the AM100's largest dealer group's 10-brand portfolio of manufacturer partners took part in the event
Over 300 entrants took on the challenge, but there could be just ten winners on the final day
The IMI backed the technician's challenge which was designed to reward Sytner's top performers
Each of the Sytner Elite Technicians Challenge winners received an award as well as their trip of a lifetime to the Detroit Grand Prix 2018
Sytner chief executive, Darren Edwards, said that the competition made him "extremely proud"
IMI chief executive, Steve Nash, said the Sytner Elite Technician competition "truly reflects the company’s values in respect of its people" 
Interest in next year's event is expected to be even greater

Sytner Group’s top technicians showcased their speed and skill in the workshop as they took on the car retail group’s Elite Technician Challenge to win a VIP trip to Indy Car’s Detroit Grand Prix.

Thirty finalists lined up alongside one another to compete for the prize at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, after the AM100’s largest retail group whittled its top performing workshop employees down from over 300.

Working against the clock, the 30 competitors had to use all of their skills and knowledge to identify and diagnose a variety of real-world vehicle failures and in addition, were required, to record a customer video describing the faults and repairs to be effected.

The event was carried out under the supervision of technical inspectors from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and enjoyed primary sponsorship from Shell Helix Motor Oils, with Pirelli also providing support. 

IMI chief executive, Steve Nash, said: “The Sytner Elite Technician competition is industry-leading and truly reflects the company’s values in respect of its people. 

“The skills on display from these top technicians were outstanding and I am immensely proud that the IMI was involved in assisting Sytner to run the competition to the same high standards we apply to our nationally accredited qualifications”.

A winner from each of Sytner’s 10-brand portfolio were announced a following judging duties carried out by the IMI on the day.

Each will enjoy the trip of a lifetime to the Detroit Grand Prix, which takes place at the start of June.

Sytner Group chief executive, Darren Edwards, said: “last month we were named both the best large Dealer Group and best overall Retailer at the AM Awards and these are accolades I am extremely proud of. 

“Our skilled technicians are a crucial factor in our continued success and initiatives like this not only recognises our top performers but also really sets us apart from our competitors.”

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