TWENTY-FIVE year old Luke Watt embarks on the next phase of his incredible racing career when he contests the Andrew Walker Shield for AMCA cars at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, Saturday night, November 16.
Luke likes a challenge and says it's all part of his speedway career which commenced ten years ago in Junior Sedans before he progressed into the Four Cylinder Sedan category.
“It a stepping stone,” Luke said relating to his move into AMCA sedans.
“The class really appeals to me and we found a car pretty easily and so we thought we might as well make the change.”
He has certainly picked a tough meeting to make his AMCA debut.
The Andrew Walker Shield has brought together some of the best drivers in the AMCA ranks on the east coast. The race has attracted the top drivers from New South Wales and Queensland.
Luke is taking a 'steady as she goes' approach to his first AMCA race meeting. “I just want to make up the numbers and get the feel of the car. Don't expect any track records to be broken.”
Luke was born with a congenital disorder known as sacral agenesis which means his lower spine and legs are not fully formed. However, this has not stopped him from racing on the speedway. “I was brought up to believe that I could do whatever I wanted, but it was just going to be different,” he said.
The Andrew Walker Shield is held every year in memory of a former AMCA club member who passed away some years ago. This season represents the fourteenth running of the event.
Defending titleholder is Lismore Speedway's Shane Neswstead who will be looking for his third career Shield win.
The AMCAs will be supported on the big variety programme by the Wingless Sprintcars with a gruelling 100-lap main event. This race annually tests the endurance of both car and driver and is a tough contest in which tyre wear becomes a critical factor late in the race.
There will also be racing for Production Sedans, Junior Sedans, National Four Cylinder Sedans and Street Stocks.
Gates open at 4PM and first race is at 5:30. (ARTICLE BY DENNIS NEWLYN).