Driver keeps do­ing his Best

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

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.

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