Best con­quers treach­er­ous track

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Be­nalla’s own Formula 4 racer Zak Best had a top-six fin­ish in the re­cent CAMS Aus­tralian F4 Cham­pi­onship round in Queens­land.

Held re­cently on the streets of the Gold Coast at the V8 Su­per­cars 300 event, Best spent the first prac­tise ses­sion learn­ing the track.

‘‘The beach chi­cane throws you around, you have grip and then you’re side­ways,’’ Best said.

‘‘It’s a pretty amaz­ing track. It’s noth­ing like any­thing else I’ve driven on.’’

The sec­ond prac­tice ses­sion did not go to plan.

‘‘I caused a red flag when I hit the wall at turn one after over-cor­rect­ing to avoid a car who didn’t see me as they were ex­it­ing the pits,’’ he said.

‘‘I locked up the wheels and nosed it into the tyre wall.

‘‘The AGI team did an amaz­ing job to fix the car with only one hour be­fore the qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion where I man­aged qual­ify in po­si­tion 10.’’

After hav­ing sun­shine on Fri­day sit­u­a­tion was dif­fer­ent the next day.

In treach­er­ous con­di­tions, the road be­came slip­pery, forc­ing driv­ers to be more cau­tious on the track.

‘‘We had two races this day of 11 laps, and I man­aged to bring the car home un­scathed,’’ Best said.

‘‘Race one I fin­ished in po­si­tion nine, and race two po­si­tion six.’’

On Sun­day, the fi­nal race of the year for the CAMS Jayco Aus­tralia Formula 4 Se­ries was held. the

After 11 laps Best took out po­si­tion nine for the round. Fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tions were held at the The Arts Cen­tre on the Gold Coast, where team­mate Nick Rowe was crowned the 2017 CAMS Jayco Aus­tralian Formula 4 Cham­pion.

‘‘It’s been an amaz­ing year, to fin­ish 10th out­right,’’ he said.

‘‘I have learned so much this year from my en­gi­neer at AGI Sport and team­mates.

‘‘I am thank­ful for support of my fam­ily: Mum, Dad and sis­ter Ellexan­dra, and the back­ing from my sup­port­ers.’’

Best is now look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in the Win­ton 300 where he will team up with sis­ter Ellexan­dra, dad Dar­ren, while mum Treena will man­age the team.

‘‘And for next year, plans are not con­firmed yet, as to what I will be rac­ing in 2018,’’ he said.

Rapt with ef­fort: Be­nalla Formula 4 driver Zak Best man­aged a top-six fin­ish in the most re­cent round of CAMS Cham­pi­onship rac­ing on the Gold Coast.

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