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Proudly flying the Canadian flag in open-wheel racing competition, Ontario’s Luke Chudleigh is currently revelling in the competitive atmosphere of European junior formulae as he showcases his talents in Formula One’s traditional proving ground.
Aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Canadian Grand Prix heroes Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve, Europe’s open-wheel racing ladder was a lure too strong for Luke to ignore. Contesting the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS Series with the French-based Tech1 Racing team, Luke’s second-year campaign with both championship and team aims to build on the solid foundations laid down in 2013.
As a rookie, the 18-year-old from Milton totally immersed himself in the experience, underlining his commitment to success by relocating from Canada to France full-time to both work and drive for Tech1 Racing, while learning the language of his new environment also. His debut season in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS Series in 2013 witnessed not only a fast track education on the competitiveness of European racing, but also an opportunity for Luke to showcase his own potential against vastly more experienced competition.
Embracing the challenge of racing at legendary venues such as Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps and Italy’s famed Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Chudleigh recorded several top-10 finishes as he impressed Tech1 Racing with his on-track ability and off-track work ethic, leading to his signing as their lead driver for 2014.
Prior to his European endeavor, Luke’s talents came to the fore through a stellar period in karting competition. Despite not starting until the age of 12, considered ‘late’ in comparison to most of the karting community, Luke wasted little time in progressing through the ranks.
He quickly moved up to the Senior Division at 15, competing at the international level in the Rotax Senior level in North and South America and in Europe also – where he earned sponsorship awards from the renowned Skip Barber Racing School.
It was in karting that Luke’s talents attracted the commitment of Trevor Wickens, the driving force behind the successful Maranello North America karting squad. Trevor now serves as Luke’s manager while his brother, Robert Wickens – the former Marussia Racing Formula One Test Driver and 2013 Mercedes DTM race winner, serves as a racing mentor offering priceless advice from his own European experiences where he won races in GP3, F2 and F3 before winning the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 World Series title.