Two soldiers from 5th Aviation Regiment joined the fast-paced pit crew environment at the NTI Townsville 500 Supercars race, held July 7-9.
CAPTION: Australian Army vehicle technicians Craftsmen Thomas Noble and Layla Williamson from 5th Aviation Regiment check the engine of a Matt Stone Racing Chevrolet Camaro Supercar at the 2023 NTI Townsville 500, Queensland. Story and photo by Flight Lieutenant Nick O’Connor.
Craftsmen Layla Williamson and Thomas Noble were embedded with the Matt Stone Racing technical team, and played an important role in ensuring the Supercars were ready to race.
Craftsman Williamson said it was a team effort.
“We have been helping the team with their set-up and getting the cars ready in preparation for racing,” Craftsman Williamson said.
“We have generally just been pitching in where we can.”
Craftsman Noble said the experience provided an opportunity to put his skills to the test in the pits.
“It’s been a change-up from working on military vehicles to something more fine-tuned,” he said.
“The experience has been amazing and the skills we have developed in Army are relevant and transferrable to the civilian workplace.”
Matt Stone Racing Commercial Manager Alistair Bye paid tribute to Craftsmen Williamson and Noble for their dedication and commitment to teamwork.
“Both Layla and Thomas have been a great addition to our team for the four days,” Mr Bye said.
“We knew when we agreed to have Army personnel embedded with us that we would get great people with a commitment to excellence, and both Layla and Thomas have lived up to this.”