2017 Ultimate Karting Sydney Race Team

So here it is… The Ultimate Karting Sydney 2017 Toyota 86 Racing Series challenger! Tim Brook will be driving our car this year and we are sure he’ll be fighting for the championship all year. It’s been a monumental effort to get the car ready for the start of the season and we thank everyone that has helped make it happen, a special thanks to Tim Brook.

We’ve got some great support from our sponsors and we plan on rewarding them all with some great results. #T86RS

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Sydney Motorsport Park Wrap Up

Oran Park racer clocks fastest ever lap

Oran Park racer Tim Brook has zoomed his way to third position in the competitive Toyota 86 Racing Series.

The Ultimate Karting Sydney driver recorded the fastest ever lap at Sydney Motorsport Park during the third round of the series last weekend.

The impressive time took Broom to third in the points standings.

“The goal coming in was for third in the championship at the end of the weekend,” he said.

“We basically took third out in the opening race and built on that in the other two races.

“Last year we had three fourth places, this year it was fourth and two fifths, but last year we didn’t have the pace that we had this year.”

Brook was a feature at the top end of the time sheets throughout the weekend so he was comfortably among the race leaders in the opening races.

“We had the pace of (race winner) Cameron (Hill) and Jimmy (Vernon) in race one and then I think because of where our speed came from, I think we wore our tyres out a little bit too much in race two,” he said.

“In race three they got that gap and then it just seems like it stayed the same. We did drop away a bit in end, but that was probably because the damage was done to the tyres.”

Brook said he has enjoyed a remarkably consistent run recording five consecutive top-five finishes in the 2017 Toyota 86 Series since the opening race at Townsville in July.

There are only two rounds remaining with the next taking place at the iconic Mount Panorama.

“You can’t be too upset anytime you get to race around there,” he said.

“I’ve only got to do it once, and that was a pleasure. We were towards the front there so we’ve got some good data and bits and pieces to look at to make sure we’re there from the beginning.”

The next race in the series will take place at the SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on October 5 to 8.

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Townsville wrap up

MEDIA RELEASE: Brook secures podium after dramatic Townsville weekend

A dramatic weekend of racing has seen Ultimate Karting Sydney racer Tim Brook claim a podium result for the weekend in Townsville.

The Reid Park street circuit proved brutal on the Toyota 86 Racing Series, with a host of crashes claiming a number of drivers. Brook however avoided much of the drama, recording his best result of the 2017 season to keep his title hopes alive.

“The weekend exceeded expectations in a lot of ways,” said Brook after claiming the third placed trophy.
“I felt optimistic coming into the weekend, I put in a lot of hard work since Phillip Island, the car needed a bit of a tune up as did the driver!

A strong lap in qualifying set up Brook’s weekend, the Ultimate Karting Sydney entry firmly on the second row of the grid. A thrilling opening race of the weekend saw Brook involved in a three-way dice, edging out Ben Grice for fourth after a ferocious battle that lasted much of the race.

Making progress early in Race 2, Brook was battling with Aaron Seton for second as the field rounded turn two before a multi-car crash accounted for much of the field. The Ultimate Karting Sydney entry escaped with little more than a scrape to the left side of the car in a race that was abandoned due to the extensive clean up required. The final race of the weekend saw brook’s hard work rewarded, racing his way into a strong third place. It a rewarding weekend for Brook who demonstrated immense speed and composure, keeping the Sydney-sider in contention for the Toyota 86 Racing Series title. Brook is now looking ahead to the third round of the Series, which will take him to familiar territory.

“I’m looking forward now to go back home to Sydney Motorsport Park, where we’ve done a lot of our testing. “We’ll go there looking to continue this form and pick up some more points. “We’re still in contention so it’s important for us to go out there and have a good weekend. I’m looking forward to it.”

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Phillip Island wrap up

Well, that didn’t quite got to plan! Phillip Island was a tough weekend but importantly we got through without any damage and banked some good points in the championship.

The guys were sensational all weekend. The balance of the car wasn’t quite right when we rolled out of the truck and the guys worked hard to keep improving it as we went. There’s no doubt we had a fast car but the competition has stepped up a level this year, so being outside the window even just a little bit in practice makes it tough. We’ll bounce back though, and now Wazza, Jason, David, Mark and Joe have had a weekend working together they’ll be a well-oiled machine when we get to Townsville.

At Phillip Island practice was red flagged, and with 38 cars it meant finding clear track to get a good read on the car was really difficult. The track also started wet, and had a dry line by the end of the session, so the guys who crossed the line last and had some clear track tended to be at the top of the timesheets.

There was another red flag in qualifying, and even when they extended the session so we could get a lap in, there was no clear track. Even on my fastest lap we found ourselves caught up, so the best we could manage was 17th. We were still chasing setup a little bit after qualifying, and we made a good step for race one.

I got a good start but going into the first corner I was close to two other cars. Because it’s such a fast corner, a quick glance to see where the other guy was alongside me meant I was off line. We picked it back up and only lost a couple of spots, and from there we started to push on. There was a safety car early on, and in the run to the flag we climbed up to 12th – our media guy Mat told me we passed nine cars in three laps. All I can say is it was busy!

In race 2 we were running with a big leading pack, so we had the pace of the guys at the front which was good. I made a mistake at the last corner through and ran wide. It’s probably the worst place on the track to do that because there’s a gravel trap there that slows you down when the rest of the field is flat out. We did our best and made up some good ground and got back to 21st in the end. It wasn’t the race we’d hoped for, but it’s so competitive you’ve got to be absolutely on it to keep up.

There was a big crash on the second lap of the last race. I got another good start and passed a few guys off the line, then managed to avoid the crash on lap 2 by going around the outside. The race finished under safety car, and I finished 9th in the end, which wasn’t too bad having started 21st.

After Phillip Island we’re sitting 11th in the championship, but Warren Luff and Jason Bargwanna don’t count towards that so effectively I’m 9th. A few of the others also had a tough weekend, and it was great to see my mate Dylan Thomas grab a podium for the weekend.

I hear we got plenty of TV coverage over the weekend, and the car looks awesome. Thank you for your support, we couldn’t do it without your help.

Tim Brook

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