Luke's passion drives him on
ENTERING into an arena where the competition is fast and furious with no room for error, 15-year-old Luke Watt is Lismore Speedway’s first wheelchair-bound racer.
The quirky and happy-go-lucky teenager from Pimlico suffers from a condition called Sacral Agenesis, which means he is missing part of his spine and his legs.
Luke will wrap up his first season of speedway racing in the junior ranks tomorrow tonight when he competes in a specially modified 1.6-litre four-cylinder Ford Meteor (No 94).
His passion for speedway driving has enabled him to mix it with the best on the track, competing against some of the best junior racers in the State.
Although there have been a few hairy moments this season, which once saw him up on two wheels, Luke has managed to finish most of his races.
His mum, Penny, and dad, Danny, are proud of their son and play a huge part in making it all happen, as well as Luke’s many sponsors, including the Slipway Hotel Ballina, After Hours Painting, Ballina Signs and Murals, DGW Excavations and AI Exhaust.
And what might lie ahead for Luke next season?
“To build another car with more horsepower; so look out!” he said.