Zak Is Close To Best

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MW Motorsport driver Zak Best is now just nine points behind his team mate Tyler Everingham in the V8 Kumho Touring Car Series after round 3 at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Zak started in third position in the 10-lap race in wet conditions at the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit.

While second-place starter, Jon McCorkindale led the way, and a flying start from Michael Anderson and Brendan Strong saw Best relegated to fourth.

Everingham and Best both passed Anderson at turn two on the third lap and then set about after the leader, a chase aided when the Safety Car was called a lap later after Brad Neill spun at turn 11.

The field finished in that order; Everingham leading Best and McCorkindale home, while Anderson held out a fast-finishing Garry Hills for fourth and fifth. Jim Pollicina was sixth, Nandi Kiss seventh and Brendan Strong eighth.

In race two it was Jon McCorkindale that led the Matthew White duo, Zak Best and Tyler Everingham in perfect conditions.

After passing Jon McCorkindale, the Benalla teenager led the second race on Sunday morning and looked in a good position to win.

On lap three he broke the Kumho Series track lap record an held it for a brief moment.

Hot on Zak’s tail, on the same lap, it was his team mate Everingham who broke the Kumho Series lap record again, setting a new benchmark of 1m33.6692s.

Best led for 10 laps before Everingham caught him with two laps to go.

Everingham passing him at turn two on the final lap, Best retaliated, pushing the Best Leisure FG to go side by side through the final turns, however it was his team mate who clenched the race win.

Rain came down prior to the start of the final race, and a quick change to wet tyres saw Matt White in the front row.

‘‘It was pretty slippery on the track, I knew I needed to get a reasonable start and hopefully this would help me to stay out of any trouble and gain some valuable points,’’ Best said.

Best chased hard, reducing the distance and setting the fastest lap of the race on the final lap.

Best ensured McCorkindale remained in his sights in the 12-lap final while at the same time fending off his team mate to secure second step on the podium.

Two rounds remain to decide the 2018 Kumho Tyre Australia V8 Touring Car Series.

A consistent weekend from Zak Best saw him record a trio of second-placed finishes to ensure he remains a championship factor going into the final two rounds.

‘‘I can’t thank everyone enough for their support, this round I was fortunate to partner with West End Mazda, Best Leisure Industries, Revolution Racegear, Winton Motor Raceway and Burke Signs Benalla.’’ Best said.

The series returns to Queensland Raceway in late July before continuing the Supercars program in late August at the inaugural The Bend Supersprint, which doubles as the season finale.