MEDIA RELEASE/Tim Brook Motorsport – Photo: Velocity Magazine
A ‘stoked’ Tim Brook is hopeful his solid TCR Australia Series debut at Winton Motor Raceway leads to further opportunities.
An impressive weekend of racing for the McLaren Real Estate Macarthur backed driver claimed a top ten finish on debut.
Driving a Wall Racing prepared Honda Civic TCR, Brook was a last minute addition to the race winning team, where he joined team-mates John Martin and Tony D’Alberto.
Without prior experience of the car heading into the weekend, Brook quickly adapted to the front wheel drive Honda.
“I’m absolutely stoked with how the weekend went,” beamed Brook.
“It was an incredible experience, and I can’t thank David Wall and the Wall Racing guys enough, it was an absolute pleasure to work with such a great team.
“It all came about really quickly – we were going to test the car and then the chance came up to race it, which we obviously jumped at.
“These cars are awesome to drive and the series is incredible, and to finish ninth in the opening race was way above expectations.
“We didn’t set any goals for the weekend, we wanted to take it as it came and use it as an opportunity to learn a bit about and sample TCR, but even still I’m over the moon.”
Brook qualified in 12th for the opening race of the weekend which saw him line up alongside former Supercars racer James Moffat and behind Bathurst 1000 winner Russell Ingall.
He then powered his way forward in the race to record a strong ninth place finish in the competitive 19 car field.
Brook then proved the fastest of the Honda Civic drivers before a cut tyre forced him into the pits, resulting in a 16th place result in Race 2.
He then charged back through the field to take 11th in the third and final encounter of the weekend.
“I think we can be happy with the weekend; to jump in an unfamiliar car and be on the pace is always hard, so it’s a real testament to how good the guys at Wall Racing are,” said Brook.
“For the moment our focus remains on the Toyota 86 Racing Series, but I think this weekend showed that if we keep our options open there are opportunities to be taken.
“I’m glad we took this one and hope there will be more to come.”
Brook’s next outing will be behind the wheel of the championship leading McLaren Real Estate Toyota 86 at the iconic Mount Panorama as part of the Bathurst 1000.
From there he’ll be in action at Sandown before bringing the year to a close on the streets of Newcastle, where he was confirmed as Toyota 86 Racing Series champion last year.
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