GOOD GRIEF! Stock car racer wants to win world title for dad
PUBLISHED: 13:01 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 08:38 02 June 2010
EXCLUSIVE By ADAM LAZZARI THE son of a stock car racing legend who died of a heart attack at the age of 44 is hoping to become a world champion this weekend. Luke Grief, 19, from Turves will compete in the Saloon Stock Car World Championships in Cowdenbe
By ADAM LAZZARI
THE son of a stock car racing legend who died of a heart attack at the age of 44 is hoping to become a world champion this weekend.
Luke Grief, 19, from Turves will compete in the Saloon Stock Car World Championships in Cowdenbeath, Scotland tomorrow and Sunday.
His father, Clive, died in his family home in Turves in the early hours of March 9.
He won more than 100 trophies in a racing career that started in 1973 and was crowned 1,300 stock car European Champion in 1997.
He stopped racing in the last two years of his life to support his son's racing career.
Since Clive's death, Luke has won the British and UK Championships, is ranked No. 2 in the world and he goes into this weekend's event second on the grid.
Luke said: "I've been into motorsport from a very early age through dad and started racing in mini stocks when I was 11.
"My UK and British title wins came after dad died but I had won several local races when he was still alive and I know he'd be really proud of me now if he could see me competing for a world title."
Luke, who runs vehicle dismantling business Wisbech Breakers with his mother Charmaine, is expecting to race six times over the two days and his main rival is the number one ranked Shaun Webster, from Sheffield.
Luke said: "I'm starting from the outside position on the grid which gives me an immediate disadvantage but I'm just going to go there and give it everything I've got.
"I'd like to think that dad will be looking down on me and this will give me a bit of extra courage to do the best that I can.
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