Since its debut series in 2000, the Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series has produced five different champions and the 2004 edition of the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst will feature all five of them.

The race will allow the skills the past champions harnessed, crafted and honed in the junior category will be put to the ultimate track test.

But in motor racing, tests aren't only conducted on the circuit and it's not just driving talent that gets promoted into the Major Leagues of Australian Motorsport.

Dexion Racing chief race day mechanic Cameron Rogers is one of those to have made the step up to the big time, after making the move to leading Holden V8 Supercar team PWR Racing, where he'll fill the roll as the number two 'wrench' to PWR's #16 Commodore.

The Clayton-based team recently acquired the full-time services of Rogers, who started work with them prior to the Sandown 500.

He was immediately impressed by PWR and amazed at how much he's learnt.

"I've learnt a lot of things, even in this short time," he said. "From a mechanic's point of view, their preparation is second to none. They make sure of all the small details, absolutely everything. I guess that's the biggest difference compared to the Konica team.

"Dexion have done the best they can do with the equipment they use, but I've noticed that the big teams fuss over every detail imaginable. Things that would usually last Dexion three meetings only last one here. It's been a real eye-opener."

"The people at PWR Racing are a great bunch of guys and it's fantastic to be able to work for Holden Motorsport."

Dexion team manager David Moulden recognised the Konica Minolta series has become a training ground for not only drivers, but for race team members as well.

"It's encouraging to see the progression that can be made, not only on the track, but off it as well," he said. "We didn't want to lose Cameron, but we realise this career opportunity at a major V8 Supercar team is too hard to pass up. We wish him all the best."

Rogers, PWR and Dexion Racing will all be present Bathurst for the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 meeting next month, with Rogers working on the Bathurst 1000-contending PWR Commodore of Marcus Marshall and Matthew White.

Meanwhile Dexion Racing's Tony Evangelou takes charge of his Ford Falcon AU in the supporting Konica Minolta 25 lap race.



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