A YOUNG racing driver, who two years ago had never driven a car, has earned himself two British Rallycross titles.

Luke Constantine, a Year 11 student at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, was thrilled to take the Motorsport UK British Junior Rallycross champion title at his home circuit at Croft, near Darlington.

This came hot on the heels of him winning the British Trials and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) Clubmans Rallycross Champion at Knockhill Circuit, near Edinburgh where he won the junior super final and the driver of the day award to clinch the overall championship.

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In 2018, Luke was the youngest and first-ever junior to win the overall BTRDA Clubmans champion 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.

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.

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By winning the final in both championships, Luke secured his second consecutive title-winning season and was 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.

With sponsors such as Victoria Garage Richmond, Teesside Karting, CCF Builders Merchants, Wray Joinery, Constantine Building Services, AVL and Royal Purple Luke able to commit to multiple race competitions throughout the year at the top circuits such as Croft, Pembrey and Silversone.

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.”