Tim Brook dominates in Townsville
Oran Park racer Tim Brook has dominated Round 2 of the Toyota 86 Racing Series with a perfect weekend on the streets of Townsville.
The former Formula Vee Australian champion proved the class of the 32-car field, topping every session from Practice 2 on Friday afternoon.
Across the three races, Brook’s narrowest margin of victory was 1.5 seconds in an incredibly consistent performance in the one-make Series.
Second in the title fight heading into the weekend, Brook scored maximum points to head to Round 3 at The Bend Motorsport Park as the championship leader.
It’s the first time Brook has led the Toyota 86 Racing Series, and comes after a breakthrough performance in Townsville which saw the McLaren Real Estate Macarthur backed driver claim his first pole position and win in the Series.
Formerly Brook’s daily driver, the Sydneysider transformed his road going Toyota 86 into a race winner over the summer.
Making its debut at Phillip Island for the opening round in April, Betty, as it’s been nicknamed by the team, immediately proved a contender.
Since then, no stone has been left unturned as the team continues to refine Betty, their hard work rewarded with three brilliant wins and setting a new lap record in Race 1 in Townsville.
“This is absolutely amazing,” said Brook.
“We came up here hoping for a good weekend, but Townsville can be very unforgiving.
“It’s great to have had the pace all weekend, the guys helping with the car did a ripper job, it was just up to me to get the job done on track!
“I can’t thank those guys, Jason, David, Mark and the guys enough, and the same goes to everyone who has helped us get here.
“It’s been three years to get to this point, and so many people have stuck by me through that time, it’s really great to get the monkey off our back and really repay them a little bit.
“We’re leading the championship but there are still four rounds to go, so the hard work really starts now.
“Your fortunes can turn around in a second, so we’ll really enjoy this and then get back home and start working hard to get Betty ready for The Bend next month.”
It’s a quick turnaround for the Toyota 86 Racing Series, which heads to the brand-new, state of the art The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australian for its third round on August 24-26.
Following Round 3 at The Bend, the Toyota 86 Racing Series then heads to Sandown Raceway in Victoria before reaching the iconic Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst for Round 5 in October.
Rounding the season out is the popular Newcastle street circuit in November.
With 548 points to his name, Brook holds a 44 point advantage at the head of the championship.