AUG 24, 2018
CHAMPIONSHIP leader Tyler Everingham has struck first blood in the battle for the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car series, topping practice at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia.
Everingham was quickest overall across two practice sessions today as the fight for the Kumho series crown commenced between himself and teammate, Zak Best.
The pair are split by just nine points coming into the weekend, the 143 up for grabs across qualifying and three races making it a truly winner-take-all proposition.
Best set the fastest time in the opening practice session however on an improving circuit Everingham banked the quickest time of the day when the field returned to the circuit later in the day for practice two.
His 1m54.4087s best was 1.2 seconds quicker than the fastest time in practice one and left his MW Motorsport Falcon FG 0.65s faster than the identical car driven by Zak Best.
Though early in the weekend, all signs point to the two MW teammates being able to fight out their inter-team title battle amongst themselves with both drivers comfortably quicker than the next group of drivers.
Best topped practice one and improved by 0.6 seconds between sessions to end the day second overall, behind his teammate.
1. Tyler Everingham 1:54.4087 2. Zak Best 1:55.0679 3. Harley Haber 1:55.6651 4. Jon McCorkindale 1:56.0638 5. Jack Smith 1:56.1132 6. Michael Anderson 1:57.1375 7. Maxim Erickson 1:57.7230 8. Garry Hills 1:58.8801 9. Bradley Neill 1:59.0279 10. Chris Smerdon 1:59.4827