Lea Wood

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Lea Wood
Lea Wood, Donington Park, Apr 2012.jpg
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1984-08-18) August 18, 1984 (age 30)
Hereford (England)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2010
Current team Houseman Racing
Car no. 43
Starts 115
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best champ.
finish
14th in 2012
Previous series
2008
2004–07
Renault Clio Cup
BRSCC Super Silhouettes
Championship titles
2013
2007
Jack Sears Trophy
BRSCC Super Silhouettes

Lea Wood (born 18 August 1984 in Hereford) is a British auto racing driver. He is currently competing in the British Touring Car Championship.

Racing career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

He started club level karting in 1995 and progressed to the Mendips (Bristol) Raceway Minirod series, where he was champion in 2000. From 2001 he spent three years in oval Hot Rod racing in the south of England. In 2004 he competed in the BRSCC Super Silhouette Championship, driving an Audi TT. After finishing as runner-up in 2006 with a Vauxhall Tigra, he won the drivers title in 2007 in the Tigra. For 2008 he competed in the Renault Clio Cup, finishing 16th overall with a best race finish of second place at Oulton Park. He made a one-off appearance in 2009 in the Welsh Sports & Saloon Car series, winning his class in a Renault Clio.[1]

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Wood driving for BINZ Racing at Donington Park in the 2012 BTCC season.

For 2010 he stepped up to the British Touring Car Championship in a BTC spec Honda Integra for his family run Team Wood Racing, competing under the Central Racing Group banner.[2] He started at the third round of the championship at Brands Hatch and went on to race at all meeting except Knockhill. His best results all season were a pair of 11th places.

Wood continued with the Integra for 2011, although with an extra 50 kg of ballast applied to BTC Touring spec cars as TOCA phased them out of the championship.[3] He started the season with the fourth round at Oulton Park,[4] where he qualified 21st and finished 7th in race one to beat many newer and faster cars in the mixed conditions. This would turn out to be the time he scored points all season. His team elected to miss the round at Knockhill and he couldn't participate in the Rockingham meeting due to engine problems in his Honda Integra.[5]

In 2012, Wood raced the ex-Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra which Andrew Jordan drove in 2011, running to Super 2000 regulations. His team races under the BINZ Racing banner after gaining sponsorship from the eyewear company.[6][7]

Throughout the 2013 BTCC Season, Wood took part in the Jack Sears Trophy for S2000 Spec cars with his Vauxhall Vectra, run alongside the modern current spec NGTC car. Lea won 18 out of 30 available trophies throughout the 2013 season. His closest rival was Liam Griffin in the Motorbase - Addison Lee Ford Focus. A handful of wins mid season including a second hat-trick at Rockingham, gave Wood an unassailable lead in the Jack Sears Championship.[8] This made him the inaugural Jack Sears Trophy champion and was presented with his trophy by Jack Sears himself at the championship finale at Brands Hatch on October 13, 2013. The car as usual was run by the Team Wood Racing outfit under the name of Wheel Heaven/Houseman Racing, with support from DLRD Racing and CMC Tuning.

Team Wood Racing[edit]

Team Wood Racing is the outfit which has run cars for Lea in various series for most of his racing career. They took the BRSCC Super Silhouette Championship title in 2007.

The team ran in the British Touring Car Championship in 2010 and 2011 under the Central Group Racing banner before becoming BINZ Racing in 2012.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pen. DC Pts
2008 Team Wood Racing Renault Clio Cup 197 BRH
1

12
BRH
2

11
ROC
1

25
ROC
2

Ret
DON
1
DON
2
THR
1

14
THR
2

15
CRO
1

11
CRO
2

Ret
SIL
1

17
SIL
2

18
SNE
1

13
SNE
2

Ret
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

9
SIL
1

DNS
SIL
2

14
BRH
1

21
BRH
2

10
−21 16th 115
1.^ Docked two points at Snetterton.

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Pts
2010 Central Group Racing Honda Integra THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

11
OUL
1

13
OUL
2

11
OUL
3

12
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

17
CRO
3

13
SNE
1

14
SNE
2

14
SNE
3

Ret
SIL
1

16
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

Ret
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
DON
1

13
DON
2

17
DON
3

11
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

15
BRH
3

Ret
24th 0
2011 Central Group Racing Honda Integra BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
OUL
1

7
OUL
2

11
OUL
3

15
CRO
1

16
CRO
2

15
CRO
3

19
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

15
SNE
3

18
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
ROC
1

DNS
ROC
2

DNS
ROC
3

DNS
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

21
BRH
3

Ret
SIL
1

18
SIL
2

17
SIL
3

20
20th 4
2012 BINZ Racing Vauxhall Vectra BRH
1

11
BRH
2

15
BRH
3

9
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

15
DON
3

10
THR
1

9
THR
2

12
THR
3

8
OUL
1

10
OUL
2

7
OUL
3

5
CRO
1

13
CRO
2

19
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

9
SNE
2

9
SNE
3

Ret*
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

13
KNO
3

13
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

16
SIL
3

15
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

9
BRH
3

9
14th 116
2013 Wheel Heaven/Houseman Racing Vauxhall Vectra BRH
1

16
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

DSQ
DON
1

24
DON
2

17
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

21
THR
2

20
THR
3

16
OUL
1

19
OUL
2

18
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

22
CRO
2

16
CRO
3

16
SNE
1

19
SNE
2

13
SNE
3

15
KNO
1

19
KNO
2

19
KNO
3

12
ROC
1

20
ROC
2

19
ROC
3

16
SIL
1

20
SIL
2

16
SIL
3

20
BRH
1

18
BRH
2

16
BRH
3

22
24th 8
2014 Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis BRH
1

22
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

15
DON
2

17
DON
3

13
THR
1

18
THR
2

16
THR
3

17
OUL
1

22
OUL
2

17
OUL
3

19
CRO
1

18
CRO
2

16
CRO
3

14
SNE
1

21
SNE
2

19
SNE
3

19
KNO
1

23
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

24
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

DNS
ROC
3

DNS
SIL
1

-
SIL
2

-
SIL
3

-
BRH
1

-
BRH
2

-
BRH
3

-
23rd* 6*

* Season in progress.

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