Zak Best will make his second start in the Bathurst 1000 with Tickford Racing in 2022.
The 20-year-old will also drive for the team in the Dunlop Super2 Series, after finishing in second place in the 2021 second-tier championship.
“I’m pumped to be back with Tickford Racing this year,” said Best.
“We had a strong 2021, coming second in Super2, and I feel like we can definitely make a run at the title this year, so I’m looking forward to having another shot at it. And to have the chance to race in the Bathurst 1000 is really exciting, obviously I got to race in it last year but it came together fairly quickly, so having that signed off early in the year is pretty cool.
“I think I’ve gelled really well with the team here, and obviously we’ve had some good results so it’s very rewarding to have the opportunity. I can’t wait to hit the track and make the most of it for a big 2022.”
Best made his main-game debut at Bathurst in 2021, finishing in 15th place alongside Jack Le Brocq.
“Zak was incredibly impressive last year, so we’re very happy to be continuing with him in our program this season,” said team principal Tim Edwards.
“His progression across 2021 was fantastic, and of course his performance at Bathurst was outstanding, especially given that he got the call only six weeks before the race. Statistically he drove one of the best races among the co-drivers, which is remarkable considering he was the only driver making his Bathurst debut. He certainly showed that he’s a driver on the rise, so we’re delighted to be continuing with Zak in 2022.
“We’re always looking for the next generation of talent, whether it’s a Cam Waters, a Chaz Mostert, a Thomas Randle, et cetera, and Zak’s certainly placed himself on that trajectory.
“He’s continually proving his ability and raising his potential, so we’ll look to continue developing him across this year, and with any luck we’ll continue to achieve some great results on the track.”