Best on top at Phillip Island
Benalla teen racer Zak Best claimed round honours in the opening weekend of the Kumho Tyre Super 3 Series on Phillip Island earlier this month.
In what is the third tier competition of the V8 supercars, Best claimed top prize by a narrow three points over Hamish Ribarits and Broc Feeney.
‘‘It was important to start the year strong and that’s what we’ve done this weekend,’’ Best said.
The victory was made all the more impressive, considering the 17-year-old admitted to feeling unwell during the course of the meet.
‘‘I was in constant contact with my trainer Daniel at Primal Health Club throughout the meeting,’’ he said.
‘‘We tested on Wednesday, I was struggling physically by the end of the day, thankfully I had Thursday to recover.’’
Starting from fourth position on the grid, Best took out race two of the event with a fast start that saw him cross the finish line with a 1.7-second victory.
‘‘No doubt the start was what made the difference,’’ Best said.
And in dramatic fashion, two cars crashed out earlier in the race.
‘‘I had no idea what had happened, just seen yellows and the cars parked when I came around,’’ Best said.
The teen also finished third in both race one and three to cap off the round win.
In race one, Best’s Falcon FG suffered a front end vibration and spectacularly crossed the finish line at 200 km/h with a blown tyre.
Best’s promising start to the year follows on from a strong 2018, which saw him finish runner up in the series.
The teen won two races and the Sydney Motorsport Park round before battling eventual champion Tyler Everingham for the 2018 championship.
Best will return to the track for round two of the Kumho Tyre Super 3 Series at the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint on May 24 to 26.
It was important to start the year strong and that’s what we’ve done this weekend.
Fast finish: Zak Best of MWMotorsport leads the pack on his way to winning the opening round of the Kumho Tyre Super 3 Series.