Ken Block brought Gymkhana to the masses through his viral videos on YouTube which have gained over 300 million views worldwide.
Gymkhana GRiD is Ken Block’s own style of Gymkhana autocross – a form of motorsport where drivers must negotiate a high speed precision driving course with a predetermined sequence of drifts, figure 8s, donuts and slaloms.
Gymkhana GRiD made its international debut at X Games in Los Angeles in 2013. It is now open to all those who dare to compete against other motoring enthusiasts in their own specially modified cars.
Drivers have competed for a coveted space at qualifying rounds throughout the year at circuits in the UK, Ireland and Denmark.
Gymkhana requires not only physical driving skills, but also mental training, as drivers must memorize the course and sequences with the aim of setting the quickest time.
Held on a open space of asphalt, each driver must record a time by completing a lap of 2 custom designed courses.
The Gymkhana GRiD course features obstacles including cones, tyres, barrels, a K-rail and a giant race seat, which the drivers have to manoeuvre around with the least amount of mistakes.
Split into two classes, drivers go head to head in All Wheel Drive (AWD) and Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) tyre slaying machinery.
Luke Woodham – RWD
Nationality United Kingdom
Key Motorsport Experience:
2016 MSA British Rallycross Championship – Suzuki Swift class
2016 British Drift Championship Pro class driver with Team Japspeed
2015 British Drift Championship Pro class driver
2015 European Gymkhana GRiD champion
2014 European Gymkhana GRiD champion
Car: Nissan 200sx (S14)
Did you know…
Luke was the 2014 & 2015 Gymkhana GRiD RWD Champion, and also races in the MSA British Rallycross Championship at the wheel of a Suzuki Swift.