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30th August 2016 — by Dan Fegent

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MADE

30th August 2016 — by Dan Fegent

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Fueltopia has been a journey and for some of it’s die-hard, early members, it’s also been an unchartered voyage into motorsport. Luke Woodham has been part of the family since our junior years and his journey has been exceptional.
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His rise from street-racer to double European Gymkhana title holder has been an exciting story.
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While we’ve all grown over the past years, last weekend felt as if one of our friends was truly ‘made’ as Luke took part in the British Rallycross Weekend at Lydden Hill in the Suzuki Swift Championship.
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We’re certainly no stranger to paddock life, but this weekend offered us a different experience – the nervous, excited, energy brought everything to life, with a slightly more Technicolor experience. We know that Luke has some skills, his titles and accomplishments speak for themselves, but this was the real deal. Easily branded as the Barrel Sprint guy, he’d now be lining up against drivers who’d almost have been conceived at the track and have years of experience in the swooping asphalt and dirt loops of the Lydden Hill circuit. It was time to show that despite not coming from that ‘traditional’ motorsport background of karting to cars, he wasn’t going to be held back.
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Being part of the supporting team, we soaked up the vibes of the paddock and relished in the new environment for our pal. Although his weekend wasn’t plain sailing, the car breaking a camshaft, the rush and run-about to fix the engine, only added to the day – while it wasn’t the perfect scenario and podium anyone could wish for, finishing 5th in the semi-final with the, just-about-made-it fix, was more than awesome.
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With the first round under his belt, we now can’t wait to see how he gets on at the remaining two rounds of the British Championship.  Don’t forget to follow Luke Woodham on Facebook if you want to support his campaign into Rallycross or trying to retain the Gymkhana title at Gymkhana GRiD
Words: James GIlbert
Pictures: Mike Newland