Best on top at Phillip Is­land

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

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.

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