A Richmondshire teenager and elite racing driver is celebrating after lifting two British Rallycross championships just two years after learning to drive.
Luke Constantine, 16, from Eppleby, a year 11 student at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, was thrilled to take the Motorsport UK British Junior Rallycross title at his home circuit at Croft, near Darlington.
This came hot on the heels of him winning at the British Trials and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) Clubman’s Rallycross at Knockhill Circuit, near Edinburgh, where he won the junior super final and the driver of the day award to clinch the overall championship.
In 2018, Luke was the youngest and first-ever junior to win the overall BTRDA Clubman’s title and his aptitude and passion for the sport has not faltered and he was delighted to extend his lead and retain the title for a consecutive year.
With each of the final events packed into two consecutive weekends, the pressure was on with Luke determined to claim victory in both titles, having narrowly missed out on the Motorsport Award in 2018.
What makes Luke’s achievements even more incredible is that two years ago he had never driven a car.
Luke said: “It has been an incredible season, but not without its challenges, with fierce competition that has really kept me on my toes.
“To win both titles for a second year is a fabulous feeling and proves that it wasn’t a fluke last year! I can’t thank my parents enough for their unwavering support and also to my sponsors, Victoria Garage, who are always on hand to keep me on the right track.”
Luke has competed in 18 race meets across the UK, building up his haul of points over the year to put him top of the podium in each of the series.
By winning the final in both championships, Luke has not only secured his second consecutive title-winning season but has really made his mark in the Rallycross arena and is now highly regarded as the up and coming name who is being tipped to be the racing star of the future.
He has already been a guest of honour at the World Rallycross meeting at Silverstone where his car was on show to thousands of spectators to look at.
He also met the top drivers in the sport and helped to promote the British Championship with meetings and interviews, which was a fabulous opportunity and honour for Luke.
Luke’s sponsors include Victoria Garage in Richmond, Teesside Karting, CCF Builders Merchants, Wray Joinery, Constantine Building Services, AVL and Royal Purple.
Luke is already thinking ahead to 2020 when he is looking forward to defending both championship titles in and is also investigating the possibility of competing in races in Europe.
Tony Potter, leader of sport, leisure and community at Richmond School, said: “Luke is really flying the flag for racing and, as his winning streak continues, he is putting Richmond firmly on the Rallycross map.
“This is an incredible achievement for Luke. He is an extremely talented sportsman and his ongoing success is testament to his drive, determination and resilience which he demonstrates to the full.”
Luke is looking for sponsorship to allow him to compete in the Northern Europe RX Academy Rallycross series which is backed by Renault Cars where every driver drives identical factory built purpose built Renault Clio Rs Rx.
This programme takes young drivers to the next level and mentors them with driver coaching from the best Rallycross drivers in the world.
They also undergo media training and physical training to make sure they are in the best-shape possible, with the winner of the academy going forward to drive for the team in rounds of the world championship in 2021.