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Toyota 86 Racing Series points leader Tim Brook is cautiously optimistic heading into the title decider on the streets of Newcastle this weekend.

The McLaren Real Estate driver holds a 48-point advantage over his nearest rival, with just three races left in the 2018 season.

Brook has held the championship lead since Townsville, a weekend he dominated by taking pole position and all three race wins to leave Queensland with maximum points.

Further wins followed at Sandown and the iconic Mount Panorama circuit as part of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 weekend which saw the Sydneysider extend his points advantage.

It leaves Brook in the driving seat heading into the Coates Hire Newcastle 500, where each of the three races over the course weekend are worth 100 points.

Heading into the event Brook is cautiously optimistic about his chances.

“This is the one we’ve been working towards all year, so we’re really looking forward to the weekend,” said Brook.

“The team has done a phenomenal job all year to put us in this position, the car has just been amazing all year.

“We have a small points lead so we can’t afford to relax, but we’ll go out there and do what we’ve been doing all year and see where that leaves us.

“I think if we concentrate on that too much we’ll take our eye off what we’re doing, so the key will be taking it one session at a time like we have been – that’s an approach that’s worked well for us all season.

“Hopefully at the end of the weekend that means we’ve done enough for the championship, and while we’d be disappointed not to win I think we’ll still be able to hold our heads high in what we’ve achieved this season.

“We’ve been so close before, but for whatever reason it hasn’t come off, so this year it’s been great to get some of those monkeys off our back and show what we can do.”

the Toyota 86 Racing Series will head out on track for opening practice at 0940 before a second session later in the day.

It will be Brook’s first taste of the Newcastle street circuit after missing the event in 2017 following a crash at Bathurst which ended his season early.

“Last year we didn’t make it to Newcastle after being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“We’ll head out and get some laps in early to get a handle on the circuit, but I’m confident we’ll have a good car out of the box, it’s just up to me to get the job done.”

All sessions from Practice 2 are set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports, channel 506, across the weekend.


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