Five Scania truck technicians from Whangārei are getting set to take on the world after finishing top equal in the Asia-Pacific region.
The team, called All Torque, All Noise, is made up of Daniel Halton, Tom Hicks, Scott Cann, Braden Olsen and Craig Lucas. The men work at CablePrice's Whangārei branch.
In late September, the team competed in the Scania Top Team regional final in Kuala Lumpur against seven other teams from across Asia-Pacific.
At the one-day event, the team had to complete a range of challenging technical tasks including a theory-based exercise.
The men finished first equal with the Chinese team.
Both teams will now travel to Sweden in December to compete in the global final, where they will face off with 10 other teams for the $89,504.76 (50,000 EUR) prize.
The Whangārei team's win is even more impressive as Halton and Lucas have only worked on Scania trucks for 18 months each, while the Chinese team had a minimum of five years' experience.
This year's final is a chance for redemption for the All Torque, All Noise team after their Whangārei colleagues narrowly missed out on the 2013 global title to Australia. CablePrice last won the global award in 2015.
CablePrice Whangārei operations manager Iain Hunt said he was enormously proud of the team for making it to the world final.
"All Torque, All Noise proved that they are all action. They are passionate about Scania and their commitment to excellence has been key to their success so far.
"Having such talented technicians ultimately benefits the New Zealand truck customer, who can buy a Scania truck knowing there's a world-class team of professionals ready to support their investment and business."