Oran Park's Tim Brook transforms everyday car into race car

Whoa! Black Betty: Tim Brook's new race car is the car he would drive to work every day. Picture: Supplied.
Whoa! Black Betty: Tim Brook's new race car is the car he would drive to work every day. Picture: Supplied.

Most racers spend their off-season relaxing but Tim Brook spent his time turning his everyday car into a race car.

The Oran Park racer transformed his average automobile into a race-ready Toyota 86 in which he’ll campaign this year.

Brook has called the car Black Betty and he hopes it will prove to be a race winning machine.

Although a crash at Mt Panorama throw a spanner in the works last year, Brook was still a front-runner in both 2016 and 2017 and heads into the new year filled with optimism.

“We had a tough end to last year, so we stepped back and thought about how to best go about racing again this season,” he said.

“The new car is the same car I used to drive to work, so I know its history from the day it was made.

“Over the summer we’ve worked hard and put a lot of hours into making her into a race car, but we're pretty confident Black Betty will have the goods.”

Brook unveiled the car at Camden Show earlier this month.

The team has wasted no time in getting it out on track, taking to Sydney Motorsport Park to perform an initial shakedown ahead of next week's series launch.

Though damp conditions masked the true potential of the car's performance, Brook said he was satisfied as he completed a full systems check of his new steed.

The 2018 Toyota 86 Racing Series begins at Phillip Island in April as a part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.