Driver keeps doing his Best
Benalla’s Zakkary Best has been named in the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) Academy for another year.
Best was one of 24 of Australia’s up-and-coming racing drivers who were recently put through their paces at an extensive week of training at the CAMS Academy on the Gold Coast.
Best has been competing in the Formula 4 Championship this year at racetracks around the country.
With drivers from both go-kart and circuit racing backgrounds taking part in two academy camps, the racers received physiological training from esteemed motor sport trainer Fitness2Podium.
‘‘Motor sport is indeed a sport. It’s more than just sitting on top of a bike or driving a motor vehicle, it’s about performing,’’ Fitness2Podium founder and head trainer Ben Cook said.
“It’s about taking the mental edge and even pushing it further.’’
The driver development program is part of CAMS’ strategy to develop a highperformance program to unearth Australia’s next generation of professional racing drivers. It has been running since 2013.
‘‘(Racing drivers) are now considered more of a high-performance athlete where the car is still a dominant factor,’’ Cook said.
Best is joined in the CAMS Academy by juniors Damon Papasergio, Cody Burcher, Zayd Tones, Johnathon Marcusson, Thomas Davies, Taylah Agius, Zac Crichton, Reece Cohen, Lachlan Hughes, Cooper Webster, Joshua Smith and Cody Brewczynski.
The senior category features Josh Denton, Tyler Everingham, Simon Fallon, Harley Haber, Liam Lawson, Aaron Love, Jordan Mazzaroli, Zane Morse, Sage Murdoch, Cameron Shields and Ryan Suhle.
Best also competed in round five of the Australian F4 Championship at Queensland Raceway.
He had the fastest laps in both practice sessions and qualified in sixth.
In races one and two Best finished sixth, before finishing 10th in the final race.
Round six of the championship will be held at Sydney Motor Sport Park starting Friday.
Best on track: Benalla’s Zak Best has been named as a senior in the 2017 CAMS Academy class.