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Tim Brook is excited to give Garage1’s CUPRA its maiden outing in Australian motorsport at The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend as part of the carsales TCR Australia Series.

Set to drive the newly imported machine for Garage1, it marks the second of three consecutive weeks of racing for the 2018 Toyota 86 Racing Series champion.

Last week Brook was in action behind the wheel of the McLaren Real Estate Toyota 86 as part of the Penrite Oil Sandown 500, enjoying a successful weekend with pole position, two podiums, and resetting the lap record in Race 2.

He’ll be back behind the wheel of the Toyota, nicknamed Betty, next weekend on the streets of Newcastle as part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship support bill.

There he will battle it out for his second Toyota 86 Racing Series title.

Before then, he’ll step into the front-wheel drive CUPRA at the state of the art The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia.

It will be his second appearance in TCR Australia, having made his debut at Winton Motor Raceway in September.

“I’m really excited to be driving the Morris Finance CUPRA and give the car its first competitive outing in Australia,” said Brook.

“We really enjoyed Winton, so when this opportunity came up we jumped at the chance. The TCR Australia Series is really making its mark on the sport, so to be part of that is exciting.

“It will be a new challenge this weekend as it’s a brand new car with a brand new team, so we don’t have any team-mates or data to rely on, but we’ll put our heads down and work away at it all weekend.

“We’re not going to put any targets on ourselves or set any expectations, we just need to get out there and do the best job we can and see where we end up.

“The TCR format is great because nobody really has an advantage in terms of the car itself, so we should be in the ballpark and from there it’s all about learning and understanding the package we have.

“My job is to go out there and drive well, and give the guys plenty of data to build on.”

A test at Winton Motor Raceway in the lead up to this weekend allowed Brook to sample his new steed, coming away from the rural Victorian circuit pleased.

The CUPRA hails from the Volkswagen Audi Group, which is also responsible for the VW Golf TCR and Audi RS 3 LMS TCR, and shares a number of internal components while outwardly maintaining its own unique bodywork.

Following this weekend’s event Brook’s busy schedule continues as he jets to Newcastle for the final Toyota 86 race weekend of the season.

There he sits second in the championship with three races remaining, just 20 points away from the series lead with 300 on still on offer.

The final round of the carsales TCR Australia Series will kick off with two practice sessions on Friday, followed by qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and two races on Sunday.

The TCR Australia Series can be seen live, free, and in HD on SBS, as well as the live stream produced by the Shannons Nationals on


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