JCT600’s Daniel Dawson has been named the top Ferrari technician for the second consecutive year at the 2023 Ferrari Testa Rossa Awards.
Daniel and his boss, David Hannam battled their way to the world finals after qualifying in their respective fields to represent the UK region. The 12 shortlisted finalists for each category were invited to compete in a centralised global event to unveil who came out on top.
Daniel has worked with JCT600 for over 18 years, joining when he was just 17 as an apprentice. Dedication and focus allowed Daniel to qualify from the apprenticeship programme, and he has since been able to flourish into the Master Technician he is today. At 35 years old, Daniel has been with JCT600 for most of his working life, and “hasn’t looked back since”.
David Hannam was also one of the final 12 shortlisted in the Top Service Manager category and narrowly missed out on the podium. David has worked for JCT600 for 20 years, starting his career as an apprentice technician, through passion and a determination to succeed, David secured the coveted role of aftersales manager at JCT600 Leeds Ferrari in 2021.
To reach the world finals of the Testa Rossa Awards after only two years with Ferrari is a testament to David’s hard work and commitment to excellence.
Daniel said: “I’ve always had a passion for cars, but I didn’t really look into working in the sector straight away, I didn’t know much about apprenticeships when I left school and there wasn’t as much information or awareness at the time.
“I studied maths, ICT and design and technology at AS level, but I knew back then that it wasn’t for me. After speaking with the college counsellor to discuss options, I found out that the apprenticeship was an option. I applied immediately and had to take some further tests to find out my suitability. I was shortlisted and was successful.
“Thinking of how well I’d done in 2022, I didn’t think I’d be going to the finals again, let alone to go and win it for the second year in a row, which has never been done before.”