Perth carpenter wins Australia / New Zealand IRWIN Industrial Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge Nathan Van Der Wielen of Eaton in Perth has been crowned the Australia/New Zealand IRWIN Industrial Tools Ultimate Tradesman at the Bathurst ...
Perth carpenter wins Australia / New Zealand IRWIN Industrial Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge
Nathan Van Der Wielen of Eaton in Perth has been crowned the Australia/New Zealand IRWIN Industrial Tools Ultimate Tradesman at the Bathurst 1000.
The 27-year-old will now head to Phoenix in the USA for the World Final of the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge where he will have the chance to win up to US$1.26 million.
Van Der Wielen beat New Zealand champion Damian Max in the final, which was held in the IRWIN Racing garage at Mount Panorama.
Van Der Wielen's winning time was 22.87 seconds - just under one second better than Max.
Earlier in the afternoon Van Der Wielen joined six other winners from around Australia in the play-off segment of the competition. He won through to the head-to-head final against Max.
IRWIN Racing drivers Marcus Marshall and Matt Halliday were on hand to present the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge winner's belt.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have won," said Van Der Wielen.
"My heart was racing in the play-offs and the final was just amazing.
"The whole experience with IRWIN has been fantastic. I said coming to Bathurst was more than enough, now to go to Phoenix and the chance to represent Australia at the world final next month is just awesome.
"I'm sure the competition will be tough - but I'll try to stay relaxed as that was the key this weekend.
"Right now I'm looking forward to tomorrow's Bathurst 1000. I'm sure Marcus and Matt, along with the entire IRWIN Racing team, will give it a red hot go!"
Van Der Wielen now heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the World Final of the IRWIN Ultimate Tradesman Challenge on 9 November 9. As well as having the chance to win up to US$1.26 million he will also enjoy a weekend's race action with the IRWIN Racing NASCAR team of Jamie McMurray.