V8 Supercar Driver Alan Gurr Attends Irwin Tool School
Alan Gurr, driver of the #26 Irwin V8 Ford Falcon, spent an intensive day of training at Irwin Tool School, following Round 3 of the V8 Supercar Series in New Zealand. Irwin Industrial Tools conducts the quarterly Tool School program at their Victorian office to teach new members of staff and invited guests the benefits and correct usage of good quality hand tools and power tool accessories.
“Being taught about running a chalk line and which drill bits to use in various situations reinforces some of what I learned in my previous role as a sign-writer,” Alan said. “I wish I had some of these tools in my tool kit – it would have made my job a whole lot simpler. While those days are mostly behind me now, it’s good to understand a bit more about the products offered by our naming rights sponsor – in case someone asks.”
Irwin took advantage of Alan’s attendance at their Lyndhurst office by throwing a luncheon for all the Victorian staff, followed by a communication on Irwin’s racing program, some Q&A time with Alan, and autograph signings. Alan came away from Round 3 of the V8s in a humbling 27th position after a series of performance-inhibiting dramas including throttle problems, an engine box fire, a chief engineer with a severe case of gastro, a narrow escape from a major crash involving Brad Jones and Paul Morris, and a pit fine. The upside is that history cannot repeat itself, since this was the final race for V8s at Pukekohe.