AJ Gealy is an enthusiastic, passionate and very skilled steerer in Junior Australian Motorsport. The thirteen-year-old has accomplished many achievements in his relatively short career and shows promise in achieving so much more. 2022 saw AJ attain age dispensations for 2  National Race Licences with RACERS & AASA. In 2023 AJ is competing with Replica Tourers, Ute Racing Qld, & Production Sports Qld.

AJ’s mature attitude and respect for the sport really sets him apart. He is hardworking, determined, focused, and will stop at nothing to improve himself as he strives for excellence every step of the way. He’s an allrounder – AJ will get his hands dirty prior to a race day to prepare the Kart or Car, is constantly thinking about setup and telemetry, dissecting his performance on and off the track and how best to continue to build his skillset.

AJ was born into the sport and is now a Third Generation Racer. His love of Motorsport has always shone through. Off the track AJ is enjoying High School as an enthusiastic member of the Academic Excellence Program at Kawana Waters State College and continues to maintain/improve his already high grades.

AJ participated in his first Karting race in 2017 and never looked back. It was eyes forward hunting to achieve personal best lap times. He loves racing in a pack, but ultimately the race he runs is always against himself. AJ is an ethical racer that respects the rules and regulations and abides by them at all times. This mindset saw him presented with the only “Best & Fairest” Award ever awarded at Auskart Racing. Driven to compete at a higher level and looking for a bigger challenge, 2021 saw AJ move away from Grassroots Karting to compete at CCKC with Karting Australia.

In March 2021, AJ was invited to participate in the Pilot Junior Development Program initiated by Jonno Reynolds at the Sunshine Coast Motor Sport Club and John Tetley at RACERS. This program is aimed at younger age groups to get them involved in racing cars. Eager to get behind the wheel of a car as soon as possible was always AJ’s dream, and he took the opportunity and ran with it. Initially told it would be 12 months before he progressed to running Solo behind the wheel or racing in timed events with the Club – AJ achieved this in just 7 weeks. After only 8 short weeks in the program, AJ was offered the chance of a lifetime – he was given the opportunity to make his Debut in Open Sprints at Lakeside International Raceway.

AJ was extremely lucky to make connections with Jones Motorsport in 2021, enjoying time in the garage with Peter, Jason and Dan working on engineering and setup. AJ also continued to work closely with his Coach –  Harri Jones (2022 Porsche Carrera Cup Champion) on track to further his race craft and learn as many valuable skills as possible. 2022 also saw AJ begin to work with an Engineer in Phil Curtis from P&K RacePrep to assist him with all things Toyota 86, and has started to learn to read MoTec Data with the help of Hamish Pemberton from HPData.

AJ applied for selection into the NAPA Motorsport Academy in 2021 and much to his excitement his application was accepted. This gave AJ more access to information and tools from Mentors such as Bryce Fullwood, Nicole Bryant, Grant Rowley & Mitch Wiley. He was also one of 40 lucky recipients to receive a $1000 Kickstarter grant to invest in his racing career moving forward.

AJ continued his Motorsport journey in 2022 with much excitement. AJ completed a shorter than expected season with the Qld Production 2L Coupe Series and loved his time with the category. Many opportunities came his way in 2022 with invitations to race with the Replica Tourers as an Invitational Entrant. AJ made some lifelong friends in the field, and managed to achieve his first Round Win in next years Production Spec Toyota 86 for 2022 at Lakeside Park. AJ was also offered a few Enduro Drives with 710 Motorsport in an Audi A3 competing in the Motor Events Racing 20 Hour Night Fever Round at Morgan Park, and the 7 Hour GOAT Challenge at Lakeside. The opportunity to test his skills in a car with more power was also a highlight this year. AJ took to the track at Lakeside Park in an ex “Brute Ute Series” Coyote powered Ford Falcon Ute. 

The wheels did not stop turning in 2022! AJ completed 13 General Practice Days, 5 Open Sprints, 5 Series Races, 2 Enduro’s and 2 local SCMSC Club Events and took his Partners, Friends & even his Teacher for some hot Laps at the QRDC Thank You Day at QR!

Looking forward to some changes for 2023 with a new car and many new opportunities. Stay tuned!

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