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RENAULT Australia has recognised its top-performing apprentices and technicians from its national dealer network with a fast and furious track experience at Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Treated to hot laps in Renault’s V6-powered Megane Trophy racecar with Formula 3 driver Josh Buchan behind the wheel, attendees were also able to get behind the wheel of the midship Alpine A110, production Megane RS and Clio RS warm hatch in a timed skidpan event.

Finally, Renault guests were also able to hit up a go-kart track overlooking the Bass Strait to put “their driving skills to the ultimate test around the mini circuit”, according to the French brand.

TCR U SRS: Renault Australia apprentices and technicians were given a hot lap of the Phillip Island circuit in the passenger seat of the Megane Trophy racecar driven by professional driver Josh Buchan.

Renault Australia runs its apprentice program in conjunction with the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), with the former’s current cohort numbering more than 200 apprentices and technicians in a bid to combat the Australian automotive industry’s current skills shortage.

These apprentices and technicians train at “state-of-the-art” facilities in Victoria, including Renault Australia’s head office in Mulgrave and Kangan Institute’s campus in the Docklands.

According to Renault Australia managing director Anouk Poelmann, today’s students will help push the brand’s customer service levels in the future.

“The learning and development of the Renault Australia apprentice and technician network is one of the most important drivers in growing a sustainable business and a vital part of ensuring Renault customers receive a quality service and leave with expectations exceeded,” she said.

Meanwhile, Renault Australia aftersales director Matthew Wright said the track-orientated activities are in step with the French brand’s motorsport history.

“Renault has a proud motorsport heritage and global profile across multiple racing categories and it was great to be able to leverage this heritage to reward and recognise our best apprentice and technicians, warranty clerk and service advisors,” he said.

“These staff play a pivotal role in our Renault dealer network, providing outstanding service and excellence to our passionate Renault owners.”

By Tung Nguyen