Jack Sears Trophy winner Lea Wood gets Toyota Avensis for 2014 BTCC
|By Kevin Turner||Friday, February 28th 2014, 21:38 GMT|
British Touring Car Championship Jack Sears Trophy winner Lea Wood will race an NGTC Toyota Avensis in the series this season.
Wood was the top S2000 runner in the 2013 BTCC, but with the class being made obsolete this year there had been doubt over the 29-year-old's continued participation.
But Wood will now race an Avensis, run by his family operation under the Houseman Racing banner.
"We've worked so hard to make this happen over the winter," said Wood. "Without the Jack Sears Trophy last year and the increased exposure we gained from that then this would not have been possible.
"Our existing family run team, JWT Performance, has joined hands with Rob Houseman, the CEO of The Houseman Group, which is fantastic."
Wood hopes he can challenge for points despite his lack of experience in NGTC machinery.
"There's going to be a learning curve for sure, as the NGTC car will be new to us, but we'll be trying to get up to speed as quickly as possible," he added.
"It won't be easy as the championship is looking extremely competitive - we'll be targeting points in the first instance and then really looking to build on some solid results."
Confirmed 2014 British Touring Car line-up so far: Team Car Drivers Eurotech Honda Civic Andrew Jordan/Martin Depper Honda (Team Dynamics) Civic Tourer Gordon Shedden/Matt Neal MG (Triple Eight) MG6 Jason Plato/Sam Tordoff/Marc Hynes Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-class Adam Morgan Motorbase Performance Ford Focus Fabrizio Giovanardi/TBA/TBA AmD Ford Focus Dave Newsham Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 Rob Austin/TBA Welch Motorsport Proton Gen-2 Dan Welch/Ollie Jackson United Autosports Toyota Avensis James Cole/Glynn Geddie Rotek Racing Audi S3 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis Simon Belcher Team BMR Vauxhall Insignia Jack Goff Team BMR VW Passat CC Alain Menu/Aron Smith WSR BMW 125i M Sport C Turkington/R Collard/N Foster Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis Tom Ingram Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis Lea Wood