BRADFORD motorcycle racer Dave Brook is aiming for top spot in this year's Thundersport GP campaign.

Brook, who finished sixth overall last year despite having half his season curtailed by injury, has started 2017 in encouraging style with a strong performance at Brands Hatch for Team Arkoni Racing.

"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.

"I've replaced my Kawasaki ZX10R with a BMW S1000RR, which offers a number of advantages in terms of race performance, and it certainly did the business at Brands Hatch despite a couple of teething problems."

Brook has secured a fourth year of sponsorship from Brighouse-based fire-rated glazing specialists Arkoni.

"The sponsorship from Arkoni has been invaluable over the past three years," he said.

"Getting financial support from private companies is essential in order to compete at this level and it's fantastic to be backed by one of the region's fastest-growing manufacturers.

"I would also like to thank Farrar Joinery, Mobile Smart Repairs Bradford, Moto Works and OC Graphics for their ongoing support."

Mark Prentice, managing director and founder of Arkoni, added: "Sponsoring Brooky is a great fit for Arkoni, with many of our staff taking a close interest in his fortunes.

"Brooky's performances have improved significantly over the past three years and he's in with a shout of top spot this season."