Gates ® JKD Racing Team

Dean Brooking – Team Director

With 30 years operational and management experience, Dean always strives for continuous improvement and to explore, share & learn new ways that will drive the team to success.

Team focused with a driven ambition of delivering results, Dean’s team will push the boundaries of expectations above and beyond.

Dean has been involved in motorsport for over 20 years, racing in various categories and is now focused on team growth and success into the future of National Australian Motorsport.

Kirsten Engelhardt – General Manager

Since the age of 14 Kirsten has had a passion for cars and Motorsport. Wanting to be a mechanic herself she ended up in a different field of Automotive and became a parts interrupter.
Most of her working carer has involved both the Automotive and Motorsport Industries. She currently is a private Driving Instructor.
Kirsten has dabbled in Rallying and also an official at Winton Motor Raceway on many occasions as a hobby.
Attention to detail is a major factor for Kirsten and her organisational skills are impeccable. These traits will lead the team and partners to success and enjoyable, smooth racing.

Brendan Avard – Team Manager

Brendan is well known and respected amongst control racing categories, and has 20+ years racing experience.

With a strong auto industry background, Brendan’s full time role as Victorian Regional Manager at JAS Oceania, helps him keep up to date with industry advancements.

Comfortable either behind the wheel, on the tools or planning race strategy, Brendan’s wealth and knowledge of racing experience and also a cool head will help drive the team.


Gavin Newman – Circuit Promotions

Gavin’s 20+ years of involvement in motorsport includes being a Motorsport Australia accredited official, club level racer, club administrator and driver enhancement instructor.

With a background in IT Management Gavin’s organisational skills will assist the team both at the track and with preparation and administration between events. Responsible for Circuit Promotions, Gavin will promote the team and partners through regular social media updates and other event promotions.