Saturday December 07, 2019
Minutes after being confirmed as Somerset's seventh signing, teenager Zach Cook claimed victory in heat two of the New South Wales Championship in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, and went on to finish fourth in the meeting.

Reports filtered through from Somerset's programme contributor Dick Barrie, confirming that it was only when he met the two Holder brothers, Jack and Chris, in heat 12 that the Rebels' targeted Aussie dropped his first points, finishing third to the more experienced racing dynasty.
Cook, who had ex-Rebel Todd Kurtz on the spanners, followed that up with another race win, his third of the night, in heat 14 before completing his heats with a second place. Having garnered sufficient points to make the semi-final he saw off the threat of Jye Etheridge, Kye Thompson and Zaine Kennedy to book his place in the grand final, up against the Holders and Josh Pickering.
The meeting was eventually won by former Rebel Jack Holder, with his brother Chris second and Pickering third, but Barrie reported "Zach gave a great account of himself. I picked up the news of his signing just as the meeting was about to start and so watched him extra attentively. It seems clear to me that the Rebels management know what they are doing and I believe that they will have a good solid asset in Zach."

photos courtesy of Dick Barrie

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