Prodrive V8 Supercar team visit Stirling

Published on LCDR Peter Croce (author), LS Brad Darville (author)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, Rockingham

Navy Health Ambassador, Bathurst winning V8 Supercar driver and honorary Lieutenant Chaz Mostert with Seaman Communications and Information Systems Tristan Brooker and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Dale Tiyce-Nelson during Chaz Mostert's visit to HMAS Stirling in the build up to the V8 Supercars Perth Super Sprint at the Barbagallo Raceway. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Navy Health Ambassador, Bathurst winning V8 Supercar driver and honorary Lieutenant Chaz Mostert with Seaman Communications and Information Systems Tristan Brooker and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Dale Tiyce-Nelson during Chaz Mostert's visit to HMAS Stirling in the build up to the V8 Supercars Perth Super Sprint at the Barbagallo Raceway.

Ford Supercar driver Chaz Mostert and Team Navy mechanics have visited HMAS Stirling to warm up for the weekend's racing at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.

The honorary Navy Lieutenant and 2014 Bathurst winner visited the base at Rockingham, Western Australia as part of the Team Navy brand alliance, that supports the Prodrive team.

“Coming out here to Stirling, chatting with Navy personnel is a good way to start the weekend,” Mr Mostert said.

“I'm pretty pumped to be back here at Perth at Barbagello Raceway, we've had some pretty good success there in the past.”

Joining honorary Lieutenant Mostert at the base were Leading Seaman Marine Technician Dale Tiyce-Nelson who is one of three sailors currently part of the Prodrive Racing Australia Supercar team.

He said the industry outplacement program with Prodrive was in its fifth year and had been an outstanding life and professional skills experience for him.

“It is an absolute dream job if you are keen to develop your mechanical skills and have an interest in racing,” Leading Seaman Tiyce-Nelson said.

“As a marine technician it provides a chance to get hands-on with cutting edge and expensive kit and work hand-in-hand with the best team in pitlane.

“I am currently servicing the sub assembly parts such as brakes, clutch, transmissions at the workshop and I will be on hand in the pits at race meetings.

“You go home with such a buzz after each race meeting; I encourage anybody to give it a go if they are keen to develop their technical skills.”

The outplacement program posts technicians in the team for 12 months to recognise and develop technical skills before returning to Navy postings across Australia.