Two BMW GB dealer master technicians have won the company's international service technician competition held in Munich recently.

A total of 6,298 technicians from dealers in 33 countries competed to gain a place at the finals.

During the four-day competition, all technicians had to complete five practical tests detecting and repairing faults in a wide range of vehicle electronic systems, as well as a two-hour theory examination.

Dennis Carey from BMW Scotthall in Borehamwood and Michael Futers from BMW Castle, York, had already beaten 320 entrants at the UK national competition.

BMW GB technical training manager Mark Crandon said: "The number of courses and examinations our technicians are required to pass means it takes an average of five years to qualify as a master technician."

BMW GB has an impressive record in the awards, having achieving top three places in four of the competitions held since 1995.

In this year's competition Austria came second and China was third.