Racing driver Luke Warr has won himself a dream prize in the latest NGK BoxClever promotion – a day out at PalmerSport’s renowned Bedford Autodrome.
The Suffolk garage owner competes in the Renault UK Clio Cup and is now set to test his skills at the circuit behind the wheel of a variety of high-performance cars including a Renault Clio Cup Racer!
Luke – who runs Burkitts Lane Garage in Sudbury – said: “I’ve always wanted to drive at PalmerSport but it’s not always easy to attend as they mainly hold corporate events so this is a great opportunity for me.
“I’m a racer and I’ve heard that they push you really hard which is what I’m looking forward to. I’ve never won anything like this before so can’t wait to book myself in.”
This is Luke’s first season as a competitor in the Renault UK Clio Cup with his BLG Team after competing last year in the SsangYong Musso Pick-Up Racing Challenge.
He said: “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. It’s quite expensive to take part and it’s the first time I’ve really been in a position to compete, but I love it. It’s been a steep learning curve but I’m improving all the time and really enjoy racing in front of thousands of fans at the tracks.”
Each 1.6 turbocharged 220hp car on the UK Clio Cup grid – a race-spec version of the potent Clio Renault Sport 220 Trophy – is identical with the races being held alongside the British Touring Car Championship which is broadcast live on TV on ITV4.
Luke’s prize is the latest in a series of high profile promotions held by ignition specialist NGK through its BoxClever independent garage loyalty scheme.
The draw was open to all BoxClever members who following the purchase of NGK components were encouraged to collect the single boxes that the products come supplied in and return them in exchange for prize points. Every time a member banked boxes during the promotion they received an entry into the prize draw.
Luke will drive six cars at PalmerSport; a Formula 3000, BMW M4 GTP, Ariel Atom 3, Palmer JP-LM, Rover Defender and of course the Renault Clio Cup Racer. Together with an accompanying non-driving friend, he will also enjoy hospitality including breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
Luke has been running Burkitts Lane Garage for the past 14 years, with his five-strong team carrying out service and repair work on all makes and models of vehicles.
He said: “We do everything apart from bodyshop work. One minute we can be working on a Micra, the next an Aston Martin. We have customers of all ages and backgrounds with all types of vehicles. We’re really busy at present; I often don’t leave work until 10 o’clock at night.”
He is a long-term member of BoxClever and fits NGK’s complete range of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors, most of which are sourced from Jayar Car Parts.
He said: “We have always used NGK, I wouldn’t use anything else. Their components are OE and are obviously as good as anything on the market and they are also competitively priced.”
Luke, who has worked in the industry since leaving school, also has a collection of more than 15 cars of all types, from a MkIII Cortina to a four-litre V8 Mercedes SEC.
Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “I’m delighted that Luke will be able to test his skills driving a wide range of high-performance vehicles at PalmerSport and I’m sure he is looking forward to, not only driving the Clio, but all the vehicles. I think he is guaranteed to have a memorable day.”
About NGK SPARK PLUG: Worldwide: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres. NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors, plus ignition coils, to the independent UK automotive aftermarket.
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