18 August 1984 |
|British Touring Car Championship career|
|Current team||Houseman Racing|
|Wins||0 (18 in class)|
|Best finish||14th in 2012|
|Renault Clio Cup
BRSCC Super Silhouettes
|Jack Sears Trophy
BRSCC Super Silhouettes
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.
British Touring Car Championship
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. 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. He started the season with the fourth round at Oulton Park, 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.
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.
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. 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 13 October 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.
For 2015, Wood moved into team management and driver coaching, running Stewart Lines in the Toyota Avensis.
British Pickup Truck Racing Championship
On 21 December 2015, Wood announced he would be switching from the BTCC to the British Pickup Truck Racing Championship. After a successful initial outing during 2015 in which he took a win and a podium first time out at Thruxton, Wood announced he would be contesting a full season in the series in 2016.
Team Wood Racing
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.
Complete British Touring Car Championship results
(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)
* Season still in progress.
- http://www.btcc.net/html/driver_detail.php?id=160 Early career details at official BTCC site.
- "BTCC official 2010 entry list". btcc.net (British Touring Car Championship). 23 March 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- BTC-spec cars get another year, TouringCarTimes.
- Wood enjoys return in BTC spec Integra, TouringCarTimes.
- Plato on controversial pole, BTCC.net.
- Lea Wood to return with ex-Eurotech Vectra, TouringCarTimes.
- BTCC Media Day car livery picture special, TouringCarTimes.