Luke Youlden was born into motor racing with dual Australian Production Car Champion Kent Youlden for a father.
Like his dad, Luke has enjoyed success in a wide variety of motorsport categories from single-seaters to Trans-Am.
After a relatively late start in motorsport, 16-year-old Youlden was quick to make up for lost time. Debuting in Victorian Formula Ford he was soon a regular race winner in between working with Centreline Suspension to bolster his knowledge of set-up and design.
That earned him a role with Dugal McDougall Motorsport as chief engineer at the Formula Ford outfit and in 1999 Youlden assisted Greg Ritter to become Australian Formula Ford Champion.
With Ritter involved in V8 co-driving duties at Bathurst that year, Youlden drove the new champ's vacated Ford in both Bathurst 1000 support races.
Two victories on the renowned Mountain circuit, in front of the V8 Supercar establishment, along with clinching the Victorian Formula Ford series earned him 'favourite' status for the following year's national title-hunt. He did not disappoint, taking the title in 2000 over current V8 Supercars drivers Rick Kelly and Will Davison.
Youlden's main series Mount Panorama debut came that year – the wettest Bathurst 1000 on record. Despite that, the then 22-year old was on for a fifth place finish alongside Christian Murchison until a broken valve spring ended his stunning run.
That result earned him a regular spot with Steve Ellery Racing in the Development Series, with time out to partner Ellery in the main game endurance rounds.
The highlight of that partnership came in 2003, with two podiums in the enduros (second at Sandown and third in the Bathurst 1000).
In 2005 he moved to Stone Brothers Racing, partnering Russell Ingall for the endurance races, and remained with the team until 2007.
In between enduro duties, Youlden achieved success in the New Zealand Touring Car Championship and the New Zealand Trans-Am Series, as well as finishing fifth in the V8 Supercar Development Series in 2007, despite only competing in five of the seven rounds.
He competed as an enduro driver at FPR for the following four years, then returned to SBR in 2012 to partner Shane van Gisbergen.
Four years alongside Fabian Coulthard followed - three at Brad Jones Racing and one at DJR Team Penske - before a switch to Erebus and David Reynolds for 2017.