Categories: General Date: Jul 21, 2018 Title: RACE 1 TEAM MATE BATTLE GOES TO TYLERTYLER Everingham has returned serve on his teammate to reclaim inter-team bragging rights today in the opening race of the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series at Queensland Raceway.
Zak Best had reduced Everingham’s narrow nine-point championship lead to just six by virtue of grabbing his first Kumho series pole position earlier in the day – and the three bonus points that went with it.
However, a fourth win of the year to date later in the day edged the advantage back towards the advantage of the youngster from Dubbo, thanks to a strong drive and a winning pass for the lead.
Best made the better start from the front row and led the field into turn one, while Everingham’s slower start saw him mixed with Harry Hayek, Jon McCorkindale and Harley Haber in a battle for second place.
He hung around the outside of turn three and passed Hayek into turn fourth to reclaim second mid-way through the opening lap.
He then set about chasing the nearly two-second margin his teammate had established – ultimately catching him by the fifth lap.
The pair ran in close company before Everingham sailed down the inside at turn six on the eighth lap. He punched out the fastest lap of the race soon after en route to a race win.
Best finished second and enters tomorrow’s two races with a slightly reduced eight-point championship deficit to his teammate.
McCorkindale was a strong third in his first drive of his new FG Falcon.
He slipped to fourth at the end of lap one however charged passed Hayek on the second lap and then followed Everingham in his chase of the race leader.
He finished just 1.2 seconds behind second place and also set the second fastest lap of the race in what was a promising debut for his new ride.
Harley Haber impressed on his debut, improving one position to fourth after a quiet race in his Image Racing Falcon, while Hayek battled to fifth after several entertaining contests throughout the 13-lap duration.
One of those fights was with Michael Anderson, the BJR Commodore climbing into the top five with four laps to go after the pair scrapped for several laps.
Jim Pollicina improved to seventh place in a consistent run for the Kumho Cup class leader, while Maxim Erickson’s first race ended in eighth position.
A highlight of his race included a multiple-lap battle with Brendan Strong as the pair scrapped for eighth place. The pair swapped the position several times in a great display of clean racing.
Chris Smerdon finished ninth, Strong tenth and Garry Hills eleventh. Brad Neill ran inside the top 10 early in the race, however dropped to 12th at the finish, beating home Nandi Kiss, Steven Page, Andy Cantrell, Mark Primmer and Sean Fardell.
Five races remain in the 2018 Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series, two remaining this weekend.
Both races will be shown live on FOX Sports 506 on Sunday.