Aged 16, Luke is not old enough to drive on public roads yet, but he was invited to try out the Ginetta G40 – the model used in the Ginetta Junior Championship, a series featuring on the support package for the immensely popular, ITV-televised British Touring Car Championship – for finishing a commendable 18th out of 67 in the Junior Rotax class of the national Super 1 Series in 2011, his maiden campaign in the fiercely-contested British karting championship.
Based in Wickersley, Luke attends Wickersley School and Sports College and was recently appointed a member of the prestigious MSA Academy.
Luke: “It was a brilliant day! It was another new experience for me, and it has definitely opened my eyes with regard to options for the future. It was certainly a big step-up from a kart, with the clutch and gears to get used to and the weight shift to have to think about as well – there’s generally a lot more to be aware of – but I felt I adapted to it all pretty quickly.
“I learned from my instructor, and he gave me feedback after each of my runs that I tried to put into practice the next time. He gave me a lot of advice so that I could learn from my mistakes, and that helped me to get used to everything and understand what I was doing a lot better. Later on, I was really pushing to go as fast as I could – I was practically jumping out of the seat, I was so excited!”
Luke’s instructor Ian Parsons added:
“In the morning, Luke was nervous like all the others, but he obviously has a lot of natural ability and he genuinely listened and took notice of what we were saying and acted upon it. By the end of the second session, he had found some pretty serious pace.
If he spent another day or day-and-a-half in the car with an instructor, I’m convinced we could get him right up-to-speed and have him competing at the sharp end pretty quickly. Luke was definitely one of the most talented drivers there on the day, and he clearly has a huge amount of potential.”