Racer in a class of her own

Wanneroo Times - - News - Lucy Jarvis

RAC­ING driver Brooke New­son will stand out in her class this week­end.

The Pearsall res­i­dent is head­ing to Ade­laide on Thurs­day to rep­re­sent Perth in the Im­proved Pro­duc­tion Na­tion­als at the Bend Mo­tor­sport Park.

“I’m the only fe­male com­pet­ing in my class of 84 com­peti­tors,” she said.

“This will be my first na­tional and in­ter­state event.”

New­son will race in a pink 1999 Subaru WRX GC8 in the Novem­ber 9-11 com­pe­ti­tion as she nears the end of her 2018 sea­son.

She said she hoped to com­pete in more na­tional events next year af­ter the next sea­son starts in 2019.

Her achieve­ments in­cluded be­ing in the first allfe­male team with Steph Ester­bauer to en­ter the Wan­neroo 300 En­duro race do­ing 125 laps around Barba­gallo Race­way in Novem­ber 2017.

“We placed sixth out­right and sec­ond in im­proved pro­duc­tion class,” she said.

New­son jug­gles rac­ing be­tween her full-time job, fit­ness train­ing and fam­ily, and said she’d made life­long friends through mo­tor­sport.

“I love the at­mos­phere of an open­ing race day, the ex­cite­ment among all the driv­ers and the adren­a­line build-up while sit­ting on the grid, map­ping out my start and wait­ing for the lights to go out,” she said.

“I’ve al­ways been com­pet­i­tive and love the adren­a­line rush that comes with rac­ing.

“At an early age I re­mem­ber nearly ev­ery Fri­day night my dad and I would go to the Clare­mont Speed­way, which first sparked my love of mo­tor­sport.

“I start­ing rac­ing speed boats down at Bur­swood at the age of 13. I won mul­ti­ple state ti­tles through­out my years of rac­ing boats (and) came first in the state open hy­droplanes back in 2009.

“From then, I had a few years break and then de­cided it was time to try some­thing new. I started rac­ing down at Barba­gallo in 2015 in a Mit­subishi Mi­rage in im­proved pro­duc­tion U1600cc.

“I placed third in the 2015 IPRA cham­pi­onship and third in the 2015 CAMS state cham­pi­onship.”

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