Tim Brook was at the top of his game during this year's Toyota 86 racing series but the talented driver was truly tested at the 2019 Newcastle 500.
The Oran Park resident took to the notorious track in his beloved car, 'Black Betty'.
Brook was in second place of the race standings and hoped to hold onto his 2018 title this year.
He was just 20 points away from the series lead with 300 on still on offer.
But the title slipped from Brook's grasp in lap one of the first race.
The avid racer speared into the tyre wall at the top of Watt Street and rolled back onto the track taking out some of his other competitors in the process.
His team worked hard to fix the car and get him back on the track but another shunt in the final race sealed Brook's fate.
Brook ended up finishing in third place for the series.
Never one to back down from a race, last week Brook gave a CUPRA its maiden outing in Australian motorsport at The Bend Motorsport Park as part of the carsales TCR Australia Series.
This was his second appearance in TCR Australia, having made his debut at Winton Motor Raceway in September.
"I was really excited to be driving the Morris Finance CUPRA and give the car its first competitive outing in Australia," said Brook.
"We really enjoyed Winton, so when this opportunity came up we jumped at the chance.
"The TCR Australia Series is really making its mark on the sport, so to be part of that is exciting."