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MW Motorsport has enjoyed one of its most successful Super3 Series race weekend to date, collecting pole position, race wins and podium finishes across three hard-fought races around the Winton circuit this weekend.
Zak Best looked set to be the big winner for the round. The young Victorian qualified second before leading every lap of the race to take an impressive victory. Best backed that up with another win in Race 2 before a driveline failure in the final race cost him a chance at an overall win.
Hamish Ribarits scored his maiden Supercars pole position but endured a difficult Race 1. He made a slow start and was then involved in an incident that saw him cross the line in eighth place. In Race 2, Ribarits fought back strongly, finishing second before taking another second in Race 3, securing second overall for the round.
Nic Carroll qualified sixth but was quick to pick up positions in the first race, finishing third in a lively race. He took third place in Race 2 – an MW Motorsport trifecta – before taking 14th in Race 3 after a flat tyre cost him a certain podium.
The next round of the Kumho Super3 Series will be held at Queensland Raceway, supporting the Supercars Championship, on July 26-28.
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“I had a really strong start to the weekend, claiming pole on Friday, which was great for the whole team,” said Ribarits.
“I had some issues in Race 1 and got a post-race penalty for a collision with another car, but I made a really strong comeback to finish second in Race 2, which was a good result.
“I made my way up through from fourth to first in Race 3. After the Safety Car restart, I’d cooked my rear tyres and didn’t have anything to fend off Jayden (Ojeda) unfortunately. But we came away with some really good points, so I’m pleased with the weekend.”
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“It’s a disappointing way to end what was a strong start to the weekend,” said Best.
“We won Race 1 and 2 which was awesome, but in Race 3, the motor coughed a few times. There were no warning signs, no indication that it was going to happen, so disappointing, but we’ll go back to the workshop, have a look at it and see what we can do for the next event.”
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“We started off well. We ended up sixth in Race 1, but for Race 2, I made my way up to second in the drying conditions. I ended that race third, which was good,” said Carroll.
“In Race 2, I started third but got an average start with too much wheel spin, but that was my first time driving a V8 in a proper wet race, so to be able to get back up to third was awesome.
“Race 3 was an unfortunate end. I started second. I didn’t get the best start but still managed to hold position and was in first for a while. I struggled with the car and had a tonne of understeer.
“After the safety car restart, I was involved in a collision with one of the drivers and the tyre came off the rim.
“I’m really grateful for the efforts of MW Motorsport and really looking forward to the next event.”