DAVE Brook has admitted he’s interested in another stab at road racing after his recent debut at the Southern 100 Road Races.
The Team Arkoni Racing rider scored a top 15 finish during his first outing on the Isle of Man, and says he’s not ruling out a return to the island next year if all goes to plan.
One of the leading riders in Thundersport GB’s flagship GP1 series, Brook has spent much of the early part of 2018 recovering from a huge crash last August which left him with serious leg injuries.
Knowing his chances of fighting for the title this year would be hampered by his cautious start to the season as he battled back to full fitness, Brook took the decision to finally scratch the road racing itch which he’d had for a while, and decided to tackle the Southern 100.
As a newcomer, he was determined to make a steady but calculated start to race week, and was keen to learn as much as he could in the opening sessions before he started to push harder later on.
But after struggling to find a setup he was comfortable with on day one, he changed his gearing on the advice of fellow competitors, and with the chance of practice before the race scuppered by rain, he headed straight into the Corlett’s Trophies Senior Solo B race with a new setup.
Starting 32nd on the grid Brook managed to carve his way through the field as he moved up 17 places to eventually cross the line 15th.
Unfortunately, because qualifying times are taken from practice, he didn’t manage to qualify for the Senior race. But Brook admits he’s happy with his progress and says there could be more road racing on his schedule next year if he can squeeze it in.
“The problem was my slow start, but I had a lot to learn about the track plus trying to work around the gearing problems I was having so I wasn’t able to qualify for the big boys’ race,” he said.
“I went from 32nd through to 15th but the race was decided by then. If I’d pushed harder on Monday it could’ve all been different because I’d have qualified further up and if I had, I’m sure I’d have been up at the front.
“But at the same time, I did have a lot to learn and I think learning it at the pace I did was the right way. You’ve got to handle things differently on the roads to the short circuits.
“I really loved the track, it’s mint and I think it’s something I’d certainly look at again. It’s been a great experience and I couldn’t have done it without the team around me.
“I also have to say a massive thanks to Jono Perry, who really helped me with a load of things. I probably wouldn’t have managed without his guidance.
“If I can work it into my calendar for next season I’d definitely give it another go. But I’m also keen to get stuck back into the short circuits now and see if I can start building on my previous results there.”
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