On 21st and 22nd September Luke Constantine, Year 11, competed in rounds 5 and 6 of the British Junior Rallycross Championship at Pembrey in South Wales. Luke had a great day on the Saturday and managed to win all but one race and take the win, putting him back in the championship lead going into round 6 on the Sunday. Again, Luke had a good day in the heats and managed to qualify on the front row. After a great start, Luke took the lead going into the first corner. On the last lap Luke came under pressure from another competitor and received contact from behind which damaged his car, pushing him wide. Luke dropped down to 2nd place and the other competitor was penalised. After a lengthy appeal the decision was overturned. This means that Luke still leads the championship but he is now on the same points as another driver going into the last two rounds at Croft, Luke’s home circuit, 26th and 27th October, when we will see if he will be crowned British Champion!!
Following a long journey to Lydden Hill near Dover, Luke competed in round 7 of the BTRDA Clubmans’ Rallycross Championship on 27th September. Luke set fastest time in free practice and was happy with the car and himself. Going into heat 1, he fought his way through the pack as he had a grid position on the back row and managed to get up to 2nd when the car ground to a halt on the far side of the circuit which meant a non-finish which wasn’t good! The lads from Victoria Garage quickly diagnosed the problem to a loose wire on the battery, which they quickly fixed. Luke then had it all to do and went out in heat 2 and took the win. Again in heat 3 he started on the back row and managed to fight his way through to take 2nd, putting him on the front row for the final where he lined up 2nd. He had a great start and led into the first corner where he didn’t give up his lead and took the win, meaning he has won every round this year and takes the championship lead into the last round at Knockhill in Scotland at the end of October. Luke also leads the overall BTRDA championship, which he also won last year. This was the first time it had ever been won by a junior so Luke is hoping to do the same again this year!!