Finest’s first impressions of Tickford Mustang
Zak Finest relished a “actually enjoyable” first run aboard a Tickford Mustang as he readies for his Bathurst debut.
The 20-year-old was named as Jack Le Brocq’s co-driver for December’s Repco Bathurst 1000.
Finest will make his foremost recreation race debut aboard the #5 Truck Help Ford Mustang at Mount Panorama on December 5.
The Victorian turned his first laps within the Truck Help Mustang at Winton Motor Raceway on Tuesday.
There, Finest got here to grips – actually – with a automobile which he described was a marked distinction to his Super2 Falcon FG X Supercar.
“I wasn’t as shocked as I anticipated I’d be,” Finest instructed Supercars.com of the Mustang’s efficiency.
“There’s much more aero, and much more grip. It was additionally my first expertise with a Mushy tyre, which was completely different once more.
“It was quite a bit grippier than I anticipated; it’s worlds away from the Laborious tyre that I run in Super2.
“On the sweeper, I used to be turning too early as a result of the Falcon isn’t as sharp via there with a bit much less aero.
“The Mustang will get via the high-speed stuff quite a bit higher. It was actually enjoyable.”
Finest earned the call-up with Alex Premat unable to journey to make the occasion.
The Benalla-born driver would be the solely Bathurst rookie on the 26-car, 52-driver grid.
Full-time Tickford drivers Le Brocq, Cameron Waters and James Courtney have been all current at Winton, together with co-drivers James Moffat and Thomas Randle.
Not overawed by the scenario, Finest stated the staff’s established drivers let him do his factor, quite than pepper him with ideas – a key signal of his personal growth.
“The fellows didn’t give me an excessive amount of recommendation,” Finest stated of the senior Tickford drivers at Winton.
“They only stated, ‘Do your factor and get snug’.
“It was simply one other day the place all of it felt actual. Getting that first name from Tim was actually thrilling.
“One in all my objectives in my first few Super2 years was to get a co-drive, so it’s cool to have it now.
“It’s nice figuring out that my outcomes haven’t gone unnoticed on the staff, everybody’s been so supportive. I really feel greater than the staff’s Super2 driver.
“The following half is ensuring I take advantage of the chance.”
Whereas the Nice Race stays on Finest’s radar, a shot on the Super2 title stays his core focus.
Finest will arrive on the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight simply 51 factors behind Triple Eight Race Engineering driver Broc Feeney.
Simply 36 factors behind Finest is MW Motorsport’s Jayden Ojeda. Finest and Ojeda are the one two drivers inside a race of Feeney.
Feeney has been the standout in 2021, however Finest acquired the higher of the incoming Pink Bull Ampol Racing driver of their final begin in Townsville.
With an eye fixed on Bathurst, Finest was decided to regain the factors lead he misplaced to Feeney in Townsville.
“I’m simply so eager to get again within the automobile. I’m nonetheless within the hunt for the Super2 title, in order that’s my foremost focus,” he stated.
“I’ve acquired to maintain in entrance of Broc and Jayden, maintain getting large factors and get the lead again.
“However each time I’m in automobile 5, I have to do the most effective job I can.”
The 2021 Dunlop Collection will resume on the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight on November 19.
The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship will proceed at subsequent weekend’s Bunnings Commerce Sydney SuperNight. Tickets for all 4 upcoming Sydney occasions are on sale now.
All periods shall be broadcast dwell on Fox Sports activities and streamed through Kayo. The Seven Community will broadcast dwell from 3:30pm AEDT on Saturday and 12:30pm AEDT on Sunday.