2007 Mit­subishi Lancer Evo X

NZ Performance Car - - Warrior Weekend - PHO­TOS: ADAM CROY

NZPC Hi, Luke. That look is su­per loud — do you race?

Luke: Yeah, I’ve com­peted in three rounds of the Auck­land Pro­duc­tion Se­ries so far, and have en­tered the NZ Su­per­lap se­ries too. As a kid, I was al­ways in­ter­ested in motorsport, from my dad buy­ing shells and build­ing these amaz­ing cars from scratch, to com­pet­ing as a kid in go-karting and spend­ing al­most ev­ery week­end in sum­mer at a race track, whether it was Pukekohe or the speed­way. Once I bought the [Evo] X, I wanted to be around more like-minded peo­ple and not as much the ‘boy rac­ers’. That’s why I joined the Auck­land Evo Club, and, after I started re­al­iz­ing the po­ten­tial of the Evo X, I looked into other av­enues of rac­ing.

Is this the first Evo you have owned?

No, I bought my first Evo back in 2010; that was a V. I wrapped it matt orange and called it ‘Jafa’, even went as far as go­ing to get a cus­tom plate. The wife and I took it on a three-week trip around the South Is­land, which was such a mint drive on the open roads. I owned the V for three years, and sold it on as I was start­ing to get bored, and found a mint 380kW Evo III online. I owned the III for a year, and that’s when I found the X.

Bit of an Evo fiend, then. Did you buy it lo­cal or over­seas?

Leon from NZ Motorsport Im­ports sourced this beauty from Ja­pan for me. I needed some­thing more suited to the family life, some­thing with room and a lit­tle classier, but I didn’t like the look of the stan­dard Xs avail­able online lo­cally, so I ap­proached Leon to source one that stood out like no other. He found this one, and I ab­so­lutely fell in love with it.

So, how did it end up go­ing from family du­ties to track work?

As you do — you start do­ing things here and there, and it builds up. I’m lucky that my two girls are right into it, and the wife is sup­port­ive. They come out to the track with me each race meet — [it] wouldn’t be a track car oth­er­wise [laughs].

Happy wife, happy life. What have your race re­sults been like since start­ing?

I re­ally sur­prised my­self when I started — I came sec­ond in my first race, and, since then, I’ve been con­sis­tently in the top three. At the end of the first and sec­ond round of the Auck­land Pro­duc­tion Se­ries, I had come first place in both rounds, with the third round still to be tal­lied.

That’s an im­pres­sive start. Are there any big changes com­ing up?

There are some big changes com­ing up in the off sea­son next year. As well as main­tain­ing the car as a street-le­gal ve­hi­cle, it will pro­duce around dou­ble the cur­rent power — think stro­ker and big snails.

Is there any­one you would like to thank?

My­chan­ics, NZ SpeedShop, Pure Vi­sion Graph­ics, North Shore Toy­ota, Plat­inum Wheels, M.Tech Evos, NZKW, Boost Per­for­mance, JDMCal­i­bre, Omegah Pho­tog­ra­phy, and Torque Per­for­mance — without all my valu­able spon­sors, the car wouldn’t be where it is to­day, and I can­not ex­press enough my grat­i­tude to­wards each and ev­ery one of them

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