On track to a supercar career
Craig Shepley dreams of working with V8 supercars and is prepared to drive from Adelaide to Melbourne and back each weekend to get there.
Work experience in the pits with the Stone Brothers Racing Team in 2012 at the Sydney 500 validated his dream and sparked a renewed determination to get a job in V8 Supercars.
The 26-year-old automotive technician works at Rhemac High Performance Engines in Adelaide, after completing his Australian Apprenticeships with host employer Corjay Aire Mechanics, and TAFE SA, gaining a Certificate IV and Diploma in Automotive Technology.
On top of his full-time job, Craig makes the 1500km journey to Melbourne and back each weekend where he designs and builds his own chasis for a race car and aerodynamically tests his theories in the lab at Monash University.
Craig will complete this weekly journey for the next two years before his car is raced in an entry level motor sport competition.
“I see the travel as another step on the path to a career working with the V8 Supercars series,” Craig said.
“I have loved motorsport my whole life and I know that there is no easy way to becoming a member of the elite motor sport community.”
Prior to his automotive electrical qualifications, Craig completed an Australian Apprenticeship and a Certificate III in Mechanical Technology at TAFE SA while employed at Peter Page Holden in Adelaide – before realising he required further training in the automotive electrical field to do what he loves.
The Brahma Lodge resident also competed in the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in 2012.
“My mates ask me how they can get a job in the V8 supercars and my answer is always the same – do an apprenticeship,” Craig said.
“That might sound a little blunt, but it could not be closer to the truth.
“Doing an apprenticeship will help you get the skills to steer you in the right direction to a well-paid and interesting career.”