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Tickford clarifies Best future amid Fraser deal

ZAK Best remains firmly in Tickford Racing’s plans, CEO Tim Edwards has assured.

News that Declan Fraser would be selected over Tickford’s own protégé, Best, for the seat being vacated by Jake Kostecki was met with surprise from fans and industry personnel alike.

Best has finished runner-up for the past two Super2 seasons, has two starts in the Repco Bathurst 1000, and last year became the youngest pole-sitter in Supercars Championship history during a solo wildcard outing at The Bend.

However, it’s understood there is a feeling Best might not be ready for the spotlight of a full season in the main game just yet, leading Tickford to instead sign Fraser, who was part of the furniture at Triple Eight in 2022.

That doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for Best at the Ford squad.

The 21-year-old won’t compete in Super2 this year but is set to represent Tickford in wildcard and co-driving capacities.

Tim Edwards. Pic: Nathan Wong

And with James Courtney nearing the end of his decorated career, there’s every chance another seat could open up as soon as 2024.

“We are working on a plan with Zak,” said Edwards.

“Our goal, absolutely, is to position him for success in the main game, and we certainly see a bright future for him in this category.

“We have a strong belief in Zak’s potential, and intend to work with him very closely in 2023 to continue preparing him to fulfil that potential.”

Tickford will run two Gen2 Mustangs in Super2 this year, for Elly Morrow and Super3 winner Brad Vaughan.

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