Best sib­lings go head to head

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Be­nalla’s Zak and Ellexan­dra Best are set to hit Mount Panorama for the next round of rac­ing in Bathurst this week.

The lo­cal sib­lings were se­cured by the Aussie Driver Search for its Toy­ota 86 Rac­ing Se­ries squad, and will be the only brother and sis­ter com­bi­na­tion to be com­pet­ing in the cir­cuit.

While 19-year-old Ellexan­dra has prior ex­pe­ri­ence at Bathurst, it will be 16-year-old Zak’s first time be­hind the wheel at the fa­mous track.

‘‘To get the op­por­tu­nity to race at Mount Panorama Bathurst at such a young age will be amaz­ing,’’ Zak said.

‘‘It is some­thing I have been look­ing for­ward to for a long time.

‘‘Rac­ing against Ellexan­dra will bring back a few mem­o­ries of rac­ing go karts to­gether and bat­tling it out at the Al­buryWodonga cart club.

‘‘We haven’t ever raced cars against each other, but for sure the bat­tle will be on to see who will be the fastest sib­ling.’’

Ellexan­dra agreed there would be some sib­ling ri­valry out on the track.

‘‘I don’t re­ally mind rac­ing against my brother, how­ever, we are both very com­pet­i­tive when it comes to be­ing on the track to­gether,’’ she said.

‘‘I had the op­por­tu­nity ear­lier in the year to com­pete in the Bathurst six­hour race in a Toy­ota over Easter and I loved it.

‘‘The Aussie Driver Search pro­gram is such a great ini­tia­tive. It’s a chance for me to drive a dif­fer­ent car, to work with an en­gi­neer and ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to be part of a pro­fes­sional team in a dif­fer­ent na­tional cat­e­gory.

‘‘The Toy­ota 86 Se­ries is some­thing I have wanted to race in for a while, so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.’’

Aussie Driver Search founder Kyle Austin said he was pleased to have the sib­lings on board.

‘‘They are a great rac­ing fam­ily with lots of ex­pe­ri­ence in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories,’’ Austin said.

The Bests will com­pete along­side 2017 ADS Cham­pion Jake Bur­ton and Austin, mak­ing it a four-car squad.

The Bathurst 1000 is on from Oc­to­ber 4 to 7.

Su­per sib­lings: Be­nalla’s Zak and Ellexan­dra Best will com­pete against each other in the Toy­ota 86 Rac­ing Se­ries.

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