From the age of 2 yrs old it became apparent that Lwi had an unhealthy attraction to anything that had wheels, his first word was ‘car’ and his first car was a ride on electric powered Alfa Romeo spider which he would drive around the local village until the battery went flat. His obsession continued with electric cars, pedal go-karts and RC cars but competition did not come until his early teens.
Junior Formula 1000 Rally
Things became more serious from the age of 14, Lwi had tried a day on a Mini Max race kart but his heart was in driving proper cars.
2016, At 14yrs old the options are limited but coming from a Rallying background he decided to compete in the Junior Formula 1000 Rally Championship.
It took 6 weeks from finding a suitable car, a fully prepared Peugeot 107, passing all required MSA tests, Production car autotests before sitting on the start line of his first full stage rally in Crail, Scotland.
Things moved quite quickly from this his first rally, finding his feet in 2016, gaining confidence, then entering every round of the Junior rally championship in 2017 on some challenging stages around the country.
In between the Junior rallying, Lwi would drive his own classic car, a rally prepared 1974 Fiat 128 at Autotests and sprints to gain further experience and car control. However, it was noticed that, although the cars he rallied were front wheel drive, Lwi had an attraction to the handbrake whenever he could pull it, reverse entries were not unusual on some circuits, even picked up nickname of Lwi ‘handbrake’ Edwards!
Drifting – The Happy Place
2017 for his 16th Birthday he was treated to a 1-to-1 day with leading UK drift academy Learn2drift and instantly things changed … he found his happy place … Drifting
2018 . He was invited to join the L2D team to train up to competition level, rallying put on hold and concentration on drifting. With backing from Allitalia Ltd, Wrexham an entry drift car was built, BMW 2.8 Compact and with the training and guidance from L2D he progressed into competition almost immediately, competing in a few rounds of the King of the Ring UK series in Essex Arena, taking a podium on the very last event of 2018 and still aged 16yrs old
UK Pro-Am Drifter
2019 has started with a rush, building on his natural talent behind the wheel of a drift car, Lwi took the plunge and decided to enter the highest level drift championships in UK and Ireland. With the help and support of family and Allitalia ltd, a new more powerful car was built to compete in Drift Games championship in Ireland and British Drift Championship in UK with great success. The season is starting and already he is consistently qualifying in top 10 against experienced drivers.
2019 Round Up
A full on attack at both the Irish Drift Games National Championships and the British Drift Championship funded solely by Family and Allitalia Ltd with some product help from a small selection of partners has proved to exceed all expectations. Follow the blog on this site and all is revealed.
Drift Games Nationals Future Talent Award 2019
Drift Games National Championship: Final result after 4 rounds of the Irish Drift Games Nationals Championship for Lwi was 6th place overall and also picked up the prestigious award for 2019 Future Talent at the end of the season
BDC 2019 Pro Am Winner
British Drift Championship : But it was in the UK that Young Blood, Lwi Edwards really showed his true colours in the British Drift Championship Pro-Am class (BDC2019) and took the overall Championship win by 1 point at the last round!
Lwi Edwards 2020 Pro Drifter
The Future: 2019 has been a test of Lwi’s ability, running a relatively low spec car in top level championships and his natural driving ability has carried him to the top of one championship and close to another. He has more than proved that he can battle with the best and the future in drifting is looking strong. Still only 17yrs old and his first year in competition and he has succeeded in leaping up to the highest level Pro Class.
2020 will see Lwi compete in the Pro Class of the British Drift Championship and Extreme class of the Irish Championship. He will not just be making up the numbers and is now keen to rise to the top of the championship again before moving to the European championships. It is also planned to try and gain a wildcard entry into a couple of European rounds in 2020