Some guys are born into race teams, others, like Luke
Woodham, have to work damn hard just to jump behind the wheel once. This is why
we are stoked to be able to introduce the 25 year old tyre slayer from High
Wycombe, England, as our latest athlete signing.
Although Luke has been around gasoline ever since he can
remember, it has been a tough journey to go from fixing busted motorcycles as a
full time mechanic, to turning pro and taking on the likes of Vaughn Gittin Jr
in all-out drift combat.
“I used to ride MX,
and seemed to do alright at anything with an engine,” Luke
told us. “I would go pretty crazy on my
roadbike with my friends too, but there came a point fairly quickly when I
realised that if you’re caught thrashing around on the street, you’re done, or
worse. I definitely didn’t want to hurt anyone, and I needed my drivers licence
to get to work.”
“It’s part of the
reason I got rid of my bike, and got in a car. I did have a couple a small
Vauxhalls’ before, but the Nissan S14 200SX I race now, is the first proper car
I bought. I’ve had it for five years, and used what I learnt working on bikes
to get it up to competition spec.
“After doing a few
organised drift days, I was itching to try and qualify for my competition drift
licence. It was a massive learning curve going from the street to serious
competition, but I’ve loved every minute of it so far.”
In just three years, Luke’s talent behind the wheel has taken
him from relative obscurity to scoring back-to-back titles in the 2012 and 2013
Gymkhana GRiD European Gauntlet Series, as well as finishing third overall in
the Semi-Pro class of the British Drift Championship. Not to mention also
notching up an enviable haul of wins in the super technical Fueltopia Barrel
All this, in a car that he cut, welded, painted and prepared
in his own back yard.
Blasting into 2014, Luke is stepping up to the Pro Category
in the British Drift Championship, as well as setting his sights on an
appearance in the Monster Energy King of Europe Drift Series. Naturally Luke
will also be back in action in for another shot at podium glory in the epic
Gymkhana GRiD European Gauntlet Series.
Stay tuned for some serious giant killing performances from
this young racer.