Wildcard Best crashes out of Darwin qualifying

Zak Best clashed with the Turn 1 wall in Sunday morning’s first qualifying session. Picture: Fox Sports

Tickford Racing wildcard Zak Best will start Sunday’s races at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown from last after crashing in qualifying.

The Opposite Lock-backed driver crashed in Qualifying for Race 17, slapping the right side of his Ford Mustang against the Turn 1 wall.

The right front corner suffered session-ending damage, subsequently ruling him out of Qualifying for Race 18 that followed.

“Yeah, just went into Turn 1 and struggled to pull the car up and I got to the grass,” said Best.

“The grass was all wet and dewy and the car just wouldn’t pull up, so we went into the fence sideways with a little bit of opposite lock.

“Not ideal for qualifying, so hopefully we’ll get back out there for the race. “

Asked how bad the damage was, Best replied, “It’s hard to say at the moment, but hopefully we’re out there and have another go.”

Cameron Waters led Tickford Racing’s efforts on Sunday morning, qualifying on pole position for Race 17 and fourth for Race 18.

Jake Kostecki was 15th and ninth fastest in the respective sessions. Team-mate Thomas Randle will start 14th for both races while James Courtney will start 20th and 19th.

Race 17 gets underway at 11:55 local time/12:25 AEST and will be followed by Race 18 at 15:25 local time/15:55 AEST.

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