BRADFORD’S Dave Brook has set his sights on victory this weekend as Thundersport GB heads to Donington Park.
Back for another stab at the GP championship after losing much of last season to a shattered pelvis injury, the Team Arkoni Racing rider is looking to make amends as he returns to the track where he had his crash last April.
After battling his way back to health before returning to race and ending last year with a win in the final round at Cadwell Park, Brook opened his 2017 account with a fifth, an eighth and a much more respectable second in the final race of the day.
This puts him fourth in the championship chase on 39 points. Already 2016 champ Lee Williams has a healthy lead on 66 points with National Superstock 1000 runner Barry Teasdale and BMCRC powerhouse Colin Parker second and third on 41 and 40 respectively.
But with Teasdale and Parker both using Brands as a test for their respective championships, they’re unlikely to show up too often this year, which would essentially take them out of the equation leaving Brook knocking on the door of second position.
However, he knows he has some work to do if he’s to reduce Williams’ lead and stop anyone else coming into play this weekend. And first, he has to sort out a problem with his BMW.
“We had a clutch issue which hampered me off the line at Brands,” he told UK Clubsport. “I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of the issue but nobody really knows 100% what it is.
“I think I’ve worked it out now, so I’m just hoping the parts will arrive in time for Donington.”
While he’s focused on getting back on the top step of the podium, he knows he has some stiff competition around him, as well as being all too aware that this weekend marks a return to the track where he had his big accident a year ago.
“I’m aiming to be champion this year, simple as, and I feel I have it in me after a number of podium finishes over the past three years,” he said.
“Of course my aim is to win, but there’s so much competition it’s much easier to say than do, but I’ll be having a good go.
“And it’s 12 months since I broke my pelvis too. It’s been a tough year so it would be good just to get a solid result.
“I really like the track, it’s a real international style circuit and I’m feeling confident in the bike. Now I just need to pull my finger out.”
*Images: Colin Port