Best siblings go head to head
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.