Gloucester High School seniors Robert Cain and T.J. Priddy were the runners-up in the Virginia Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition held Saturday in Virginia Beach.
Cain and Priddy qualified for the hands-on state competition with their scores on a written test in February and joined the other top 10 scoring teams in Virginia Beach last weekend. Working as a team, Cain and Priddy debugged their Ford Focus and had a perfect car two minutes ahead of the team from Fauquier High School in Warrenton.
While both teams had perfect scores in the final inspection of their hands-on work, the Fauquier students had earned a four-minute advantage with their unsurpassed scores on the written test. The written test scores became the tie-breaker and the Fauquier students prevailed in earning the state title.
"We don’t want to underscore the winning team, as they did a great job also, but T.J. and Robert represented us well and as far as mechanical ability goes, they were number one," said GHS automotive technology instructor Toby Calloway, who accompanied the boys to Virginia Beach with fellow auto tech instructor Barry Childress.