GlasWeld Spain Holds Windshield Repair Competition in Madrid; Champion to Compete in Memphis at Auto Glass Week™
July 12, 2011

Braulio López

Braulio López took first place at GlasWeld's recent windshield repair competition in Spain and now will held to Memphis, Tenn., to compete at the Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics at Auto Glass Week in September.

Sixteen technicians participated in the competition, which was held on Saturday, July 9, in Madrid. The competition was modeled after AGRR™ magazine's Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics, according to GlasWeld.

The event was divided into two rounds of 45 minutes each with eight competitors per round. The contest was supervised by Simon Underwood, general manager for GlasWeld Europe in the United Kingdom, and Bert Stevenhaagen, operations manager and European trainer for GlasWeld Europe in the Netherlands. Each technician was assigned a judge who could give each competitor up to 50 points. Underwood and Stevenhaagen could then assign 22 additional points based on the final appearance of the repair.

López achieved 69 points out of the 72 possible. Sergio Romero followed closely with 68 points, and José Manuel Llano followed with 67 points, achieving third place.

"I feel very proud of having won the Spanish Olympics," says Lopez. "The level of competition was immense. I am looking forward to Auto Glass Week in Memphis, and will do my best to represent Spain as it deserves."

López has approximately 13 years' experience in the windshield repair industry, and also competed in 2009 in the Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics.

"Braulio is a true professional and is very proud of his craft," says GlasWeld general manager Dennis Garbutt. "He did an excellent job representing Spain at the Windshield Repair Olympics in 2009 and now that he has the experience of these two competitions under his belt, we look forward to him doing very well at this year's competition."

Auto Glass Week will be held September 15-17 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and Memphis Marriott Downtown. Visit www.autoglassweek.com for more information.

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