Thank you for joining me!
Brooke Newson from Perth!
When did you have the realization that you wanted to pursue _Circuit racing as a path?
I’ve always been around motorsport as a young child, my dad is always heavily involved with some sort of motorsport. In 2015 I got a phone call from dad saying “we're going racing! I’ve brought you a race car! Having raced boat’s in my teen’s I was keen to get back into motorsport, and especially something so different!
Who was your support network and how did they play a role in your achievements?
Definitely my race team, in particular my dad. They are all incredible people, without them my race days wouldn’t be anywhere near as enjoyable or successful. My dad for giving me last words of encouragement before I went out to grid up, my mechanic doing all the last-minute checks, and mum for passing on her words of worry (as mums do!)
What are your achievements?
First all-female team to enter the Wanneroo 300 Enduro race 125 laps around Barbagallo Raceway back in November 2017, We placed 2nd in class and 6th outright.
What was your inspiration for the sport / industry?Who’s your idol?
Definitely Daniel Ricciardo, he is one of the happiest people in motorsport, always has a giant smile and seems to take the best out of every moment. He’s very professional with his sport and always has time for his fans.
What’s been the most challenging part…?
Definitely the funding side of things. It’s really hard to promote yourself to the right audience especially being in a small city!
Most girls, women and ladies have rubbed up against acceptance hurdles in the industry; how did you combat this?
Being in a male dominated environment definitely has its challenges. I found the first few years quite difficult. No one would ever really speak to me, if anyone had comments or issues they would automatically go and speak to my dad, there was one moment I remember where someone had made a comment to other drivers about me but not directly to me. I went and spoke to that person myself and asked him to communicate directly with me, so I know exactly what’s going on and not getting second hand information. But being in their shoes I guess we could potentially come across as being intimidating, that’s why breaking the ice and building relationships with other drivers is so important.
I still secretly think some men hate being beaten by a female, but at the end of the race it comes down to the best driver, not gender
And, what would be the advice for up and coming females?
I think it’s important for any female in a male dominated environment, be involved, build relationships with other drivers and don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself or speak out in any situation.
What’s your mantra?
What’s your favorite driving song and music artist?
What’s your ‘girlie thing?’
I’m a typical girly kinda girl! Love dressing up putting makeup on making myself feel amazing! I would have to say going to a high tea with my mum and sister would be the most girliest thing I do.
Is there anything specific you would like me to talk about, please provide a bit of detail?
Do you need sponsorship and if so what for…?
Sponsorship would definitely help me out! I’m always on the lookout for new sponsors. Id really love to compete in this year’s Enduro race held in November, 125 laps around Barbagallo raceway. In 2017 Steph Esterbauer and I competed in the Wanneroo 300 Enduro Race as the first all-female team, and we placed 6th outright and 2nd in Improved Production. We had great pit crew and team manager who made the day a great success. I’d love to relive that day and hopefully better my results from the last time.