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Jack Sears Trophy winner Lea Wood gets Toyota Avensis for 2014 BTCC

Lea Wood

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
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