Brook on record pace at Sydney Motorsport Park
Ultimate Karting Sydney racer Tim Brook recorded the fastest ever Toyota 86 Racing Series lap at Sydney Motorsport Park during the third round of the series.
The Sydney local clocked the time on Sunday morning during the second of the weekend’s three races, helping him rise to third in the points standings.
“The goal coming in was for third in the championship at the end of the weekend,” Brook said.
“We basically took third out in the opening race and built on that in the other two races.
“Last year we had three fourth place, this year it was fourth and two fifths, but last year we didn’t have the pace that we had this year,” he added.
“We had the pace of (race winner) Cameron (Hill) and Jimmy (Vernon) in Race 1, and then I think because of where our speed came from, I think we wore our tyres out a little bit too much in Race 2.
“In Race 3 they got that gap and then it just seems like it stayed the same; we did drop away a bit in end, but that was probably because the damage was done to the tyres.”
The Ultimate Karting Sydney entry was a feature at the top end of the time sheets throughout the weekend, Brook comfortably among the race leaders in the opening to races.
A battle with Trent Grubel in the final race of the weekend allowed the race leaders to escape, but the pair quickly found themselves matching the pace of those out front.
Brook has enjoyed a remarkably consistent run, recording five consecutive top-five finishes stretching back to the opening race at Townsville in July.
It’s proved the key factor which has seen Brook rise to third in the series standings with two rounds remaining, the next taking in the iconic Mount Panorama.
“You can’t be too upset anytime you get to race around there,” Brook enthused.
“I’ve only got to do it once, and that was a pleasure – we were towards the front there so we’ve got some good data and bits and pieces to look at to make sure we’re there from the beginning.”
The fourth round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series heads to Bathurst as part of the SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on October 5-8.
2017 Toyota 86 Racing Series Calendar:
1. May 26 – 28 Phillip Island SuperSprint, Phillip Island, VIC
2. July 7 – 9 Townsville 400, Townsville, QLD
3. August 18 – 20 Sydney SuperSprint, Sydney, NSW
4. October 5 – 8 Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, NSW
5. November 24 – 26 Newcastle 500, Newcastle, NSW
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