Repeat venues leave Tim Brook confident of sealing second
In his first season of National Trans Am competition, Tim Brook is confident of a strong close to the season due to already driven his Wall Racing Ford Mustang at the final two circuits.
The former Toyota 86 Race Series winner stepped up to National Trans Am with leading Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS operation Wall Racing for this season, finishing a best of third at Sydney Motorsport Park last time out.
Brook is placed fourth in the standings as the battle for second between he and Edan Thornburrow heats up after series leader Aaron Seton announced his withdraw from the remaining rounds last week.
Work during the hiatus from racing was finally tested out at Sydney Motorsport Park recently, with Brook giving the changes a tick of approval despite the damp conditions.
“It’s been a long time waiting since we raced here last,” said Brook.
“We were building up a bit of momentum, I was feeling good. We finished third in the final race and I kind of wanted to keep that progression happening, but then we’ve been locked out of the workshop for three months.
“Stoked to get back out and happy the day turned out as good as it did because we were at the workshop tinkering with Paul (Forgie) and the boys were out here where it was pouring with rain.
“I thought to myself ‘oh yeah great, it’s been five months since I’ve driven and it’s in the wet’, which it was, and I hadn’t driven these things in the wet before.
“That was good, I ticked that off the list and now hopefully we get through the whole program heading into the fifth round.”
Being its Brook and Wall Racing’s first season in the category, the combination has been learning at each round, however with returns to Sydney Motorsport Park and Bathurst to complete the year, it adds confidence for a strong close to the campaign.
“We haven’t really done a test day all season,” Brook admitted. “We feel like we’ve been playing catch up at every track we go to, we haven’t driven the car as such, so it’s good to have the repeat rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park and Bathurst.
“We’ll just keep trying a few things and fingers crossed it puts us in good stead come Round 5.”
Although the runner up slot is within reach, Brook’s main aim is to build strong momentum towards next year.
“As I think we sit here right now, barring Nathan having a catastrophe we’re probably on for second if I pull my finger out,” he said.
“There’s not much between Edan and I, but second is obviously the goal as such at the moment, I mean we’re still a mathematical chance to take it out, but I just want to go out win some races, get some podiums and do the best we can.
“We end up where we end up at the end of the day.”