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In a multi-part series, we're going to find out about some of the jobs undertaken here at Brad Jones Racing. Pretty much the first prerequisite is that you have to have a nickname. Nobby, Chop and Smeady tick that box: 

'Nobby' (at the desk)

NOBBY, WHAT IS YOUR JOB TITLE? 

"Supply and distribution manager". 

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL? 

"Mainly the procurement and purchasing of everything from toilet paper to nuts, bolts, brakes...anything to do with the race car." 

IS IT DIFFICULT? 

"You need to be logistically minded. You have to organise a lot of stuff and a lot of it can be very last minute. The guys might find something broken on the race car and need the replacement tomorrow and I've got to find a way of getting it here." 

SOUNDS HECTIC, HOW DID YOU GET THE JOB?

"I worked as an auto electrician in the airline industry and then moved into their storeroom. I've been in motorsport for 14 years, always in 'purchasing and stock'. I worked as a parts coordinator for a Formula Palmer Audi team and with an F2 team. Finally, I ended up here!"

WHAT'S THE BEST PART OF THE JOB? 

"Going home knowing you've accomplished a lot of things and you've had a good day."

WHAT'S THE WORST PART OF THE JOB?

"Not feeling like I've accomplished a lot of things!" 

 'Chop' (under the car)

WHAT IS YOUR JOB TITLE?

"Number 1 mechanic, Team BOC." 

WHAT DOES THE JOB ENTAIL? 

"I look after the car with the number 2 mechanic. Anything mechanical and fit panels too. We receive the parts and panels and place them on the car. On race weekends we make whatever changes the engineers want to do ? whether it?s springs, dampers, whatever it is and repair damage too."

BEST PART OF THE JOB?

"Getting a chance to get a drive of the car every now and then. At the Sydney test I took it out onto the grid, if you get on the podium at Winton you get to drive it around for a lap back to the pits!" 

WHAT'S THE HARDEST PART OF THE JOB?

"Sometimes mentally going to the track and not knowing what time you're going to finish. Each day is different. You might have a good run but you might have a day that goes all pear shaped and a week's worth of work that you tinker away with you have to get done in one night, so that's something that can be hard. You push through it though." 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE JOB?

"I did the Motorsport Training Australia course in Wodonga 7 or 8 years ago. Chris, our team manager was teaching us at the time and he offered me a job." 

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE JOB TO PEOPLE?

"Yeah, what I say to people is that it's still a job but you have to a bit of passion with it. It's not a 9 to 5 job!" 

'Smeady' 

WHAT IS YOUR JOB TITLE?

"CNC machinist, the best job in the workshop." 

WHAT DOES YOUR JOB ENTAIL?

"My job is to make all the components for the mechanics. We start out with a model or drawing from the engineers and we organise the material and the tooling. Then we set up the CNC machine on the computer and get the bits made and hand them on to the mechanics. It's a full time job based here at the shop." (Smeady doesn't go to the race meetings)

BEST PART OF THE JOB?

"The personal satisfaction - at the end of the individual job you have something to show for it and getting good feedback from others is great."

WHAT'S THE WORST PART OF THE JOB?

"Probably having to work with the Kiwis..."

HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?

"I saw an ad for the Motorsport course here in Wodonga and enrolled for that. I always had a passion for cars and loved travelling so I thought it was perfect!" (Smeady previously traveled to races as part of the team). 

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS JOB TO OTHERS? "Definitely"! 

 

Published: 27 May 2014.

#8 Nick Percat

Brad Jones Racing

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