Gerry Brookes: Beats Cancer, Launches Corporate Kart Business

After overcoming some major life challenges, including a recent battle with an aggressive form of Cancer, multiple Australian and State karting champion and well known kart industry identity Gerry Brookes has launched a new corporate kart hire company.

Initially operating from the Lismore kart circuit (starting this weekend, Nov 13/14), Brookes (right) has plans to take the corporate race experience to other popular circuits in South East Queensland and NSW.

Named after his well recognised motorsport companies, Turn1 Karts boasts a brand new fleet of high performance corporate race karts. The organisation specializes in Corporate race day experiences, group bookings, functions and special events, including Christmas and birthday parties etc.

“After 30 years competing in kart racing, and also visiting numerous kart hire facilities over the years, we decided that the corporate kart hire experience was lacking the true feel of what we as kart racers love so much, the fantastic handling and feel that few categories of motorsport can match”,  said Gerry.

“Turn1‘s karts are full competiton sprint karts with  performance 4-stroke engines that take corporate kart racing and hire karting to a new level, giving drivers a true taste of what kart racing is all about.

"I’m sure we will also see many of our customers take up kart racing as a sport after the experience”.  

Many will be well aware of Gerry’s long history in the sport. Spanning 30 years, Brookes was the founding designer behind the Aurora Kart range of chassis that was very successful, winning many major events including taking Scott Auld to 2nd place at the 2002 World Rotax Finals in Malaysia.

Brookes has specialised in assisting and mentoring numerous drivers to success over the years with driving and chassis setup, most recently through his “Turn1 Motorsport“ company.

Above: Brookes aboard a 200cc Super at Horsepower Heaven 2009
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As a driver, he still does the odd appearance. Most recently he dominated the Rotax  Over 35’s winning the Rotax Nationals in ‘08 and ‘09 and every round of the Pro Tour he contested.

Many would have also seen him in 200 Supers at Horsepower Heaven at Todd Rd last year, just before his cancer operation. The Queenslander qualified fastest in a 25-year-old twin chassis with a pair of air cooled Parillas onboard.

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