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March 29, 2012
SGT Andrew Hetherington
TWO NAVY tradesmen are living the
dream of every V8 Supercar fan, work-
ing as pit crew for the Ford Performance
Racing (FPR) team at the 2012 Formula
One Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Marine technicians PO Clinton
MacGregor and LS Ashley Schmidt,
started their one-year term working as crew
members of FPR on February 20.
"We work from 7.30am to 5pm
Monday to Friday at the team's factory at
Campbellfield in Melbourne and work in
one of the 10 different workshop sections,"
LS Schmidt says.
"At the moment I'm working in the
composite section making carbon fibre car
"After I've finished with the bumpers
they then go off to be painted and the
sponsor signs get stuck on."
LS Schmidt says it's an interesting job
and being part of the team doesn't mean
he and PO MacGreggor only work in the
"We also travel with the team and work
in the pits on the vehicles during the race
events," he says.
"The Formula One event here is the
second event we've both been to so far; our
first event was the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide
and it was great for the team (Navy News,
March 15, p2).
"We had some great results with a pole
position and a win in the Navy car and for
the V8 Supercars had a first, a third and
He says working with the team is an
experience of a lifetime.
"It's similar to working in the Navy
actually, as they work long hours and if
defects arise in the equipment, they stay up
late to fix it," LS Schmidt says.
"They're also really switched on and
very professional just like we are in the
"For the rest of the time with the team,
I'm really looking forward to working in
the engine shop, to be able to pull them
apart, have a look inside and tune them."
PO Clinton MacGregor says he was
ecstatic when he found out he was awarded
the one-year work placement with the team.
"It's a dream placement to work with
any motor sport team and both myself and
Ash are really appreciative for being a part
of it," PO MacGregor says.
"The team has been a fantastic to us and
have taken the time to train us."
FPR Team Manager Chris O'Toole says
the team is extremely happy with their two
new Navy interns.
"Their work ethic is fantastic, they
never stop working and are willing to do
anything," Mr O'Toole says.
"We can tell them anything, they just
pick it up, which I think is due to their
maturity, Navy training and skill sets.
"I'd employ them both based on their
Racing with team FPR
For the remainder of the year, both of the Navy FPR
team personnel will travel with the team to other
races located at places such as Darwin, Townsville,
Bathurst, Sydney, New Zealand, the Gold Coast and
Western Australia. They will also rotate through the
10 factory workshop sections once every month to
gain more experience with the team. They finish their
contract with FPR on February 20, 2013. The FPR
team won the overall V8 Supercars event at the 2012
Formula One Grand Prix, receiving the most number
for F1 GP
HANDS ON: LSMT Ashley Schmidt (left) and
POMT Clinton MacGregor (right) at the Formula
One Grand Prix.
Photos: SGT Andrew Hetherington
ON A WINNER: POMT Clinton MacGregor helps
prepare one of the three Ford Performance Racing
V8 Supercars at the Formula One Grand Prix.
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