AGI Sport has welcomed a new rookie with Zak Best joining the squad for the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
Best will be partnered with Harley Haber and Sage Murdoch, with both Haber and Best arriving from Aussie Racing Cars in 2016.
“I’m really excited about joining the team and I’m looking forwarding to learning this season,” Best said.
“I know I have a bit to learn this season, however I would like to hope that I can finish in the top three of the championship.”
Best already has several years of motor sport experience. His father, Darren Best, was a former National Production Car Champion; with Zak later competing in karting at club, state and national level.
“I achieved some great results which included Club Championships, Australiasian Title, Golden Power Series, regular top 3 finishes in major open events. Then in 2016, I obtained my CAMS licence for circuit racing,” Best said.
“At 14 years of age, I was the youngest driver ever to compete in Aussie Racing Cars. My first race was on the streets of Adelaide, I had a race win at Phillip Island, got to drive in New Zealand and finished the season 12th outright – out of 60 drivers – and runner up in the Rookie class – out of 31 drivers.
“I finished the year off by winning the John Bowe Rising Star Award.”
Whilst Best is already race fit, his preparations for his transition into Australian Formula 4 have continued throughout the off-season.
“I’ve been watching F4 YouTube videos, practicing on the simulator and at Winton Motor Raceway in Dad’s Mitsubishi Evo, alongside some F4 test days,” Best said.
“I have been training with my football team Benalla Bulldogs twice a week and I go to the gym.”
Best will reunite will many of his former karting colleagues, having raced against the likes of Harley Haber, Zane Morse, Aaron Love and Tyler Everingham.
Whilst a top three championship finish is his goal for 2017, Best is keeping his long-term options open for a career in motor racing.
“My ambition in motor sport is to be a professional race driver and to compete in the Super2 Series, followed by the Supercars Championship,” Best said.
“Although I’m open to competing overseas in endurance races such as Le Mans.”
Alongside a loyal group of sponsors, Best’s arrival is also assisted with being part of the CAMS Driver Development Scholarship programme.
“I’d like to give a big thank you to Benalla Sportsperson Trust, Best Lifestyle Units, Winton Motor Raceway, Ben’s Motor Spares & Repairs, 4Teen Designs, and CAMS’ Driver Development Scholarship – who have all helped us arrive in Formula 4 this year,” Best said.
The first two rounds of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will take place at Sandown Raceway for the season opening of the Shannons Nationals on April 7–9.
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