Oran Park driver eyes off back-to-back Toyota 86 series titles

Oran Park racer Tim Brook's McLaren Real Estate Macarthur Toyota 86 car.
Oran Park racer Tim Brook's McLaren Real Estate Macarthur Toyota 86 car.

Oran Park racer Tim Brook is revved up and ready to defend his Toyota 86 Racing Series title.

Brook was in hot form last year on his way to winning the 2018 series.

Now, Brook is ready to hit the track again for round one of the 2019 series this weekend at Phillip Island.

Brook converted his daily vehicle into a fully fledged race car prior to last season.

He spent the past few months preparing his McLaren Real Estate Toyota 86 car to make sure it was in tip-top shape for this year's championship.

"We had a shakedown test at Sydney Motorsport Park just to check out things like dampers to make sure they're all good," Brook said.

"We then went to Phillip Island for the season launch event, the car is where we want it to be."

Brook won six times in the 2018 season, dominating the Townsville event to set up his title charge.

It will see him enter this year's campaign with the coveted number one on his car.

"I think other people think about it more than we do - I'm not sure winning the championship last year has really sunk in," he said.

"At the season launch event, people said 'the champ is back', and I had to stop and think 'oh, they're talking about me.'"

Brook's title defence begins with the WD40 Phillip Island SuperSprint from Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14 at Phillip Island.

With the competition evenly matched, Brook said qualifying was set to be a critical moment for round one.

"At every round, there's a 15 minute qualifying session where everyone has the same opportunity," he said.

"If you can qualify at the front, you can hopefully stay out of a bit of the battling in the early laps where everyone is fighting for every millimetre."

The 2019 Toyota 86 Racing Series begins this weekend alongside the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

All the action from Friday afternoon will be broadcast live on Fox Sports (channel 506) and streamed online via Kayo Sports.