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Lea Wood ends season on high note at Brands Hatch

British Pickup Racing Championship star Lea Wood finished the season on a high note at Brands Hatch with a first and second place which helped him clinch third place overall.


The 32-year-old Hereford racer, a Morris Lubricants Racing (MLR) ambassador, had been in danger of finishing outside the top three after a mid-season run of bad luck which included a major engine problem and a troublesome electrical fault in his Ford Ranger.


The gremlins stopped him finishing five races which put paid to his chances of winning the championship, but he bounced back to sign off the season in style.


“We had a good end to the season with a first, second and fastest lap at Brands Hatch,” said Lea. “The electrical fault kept catching us out and cost me a couple of races and championship points, which could have made all the difference.


“We managed to reel our way back to put pressure on second place by finishing strongly at Brands Hatch. Overall, considering the mid-season problems, I’m really pleased with third place, having achieved the most fastest laps over the season and there are a lot of positives.”


He has also been selected to spend a day mentoring Will Dyrdal, winner of the Junior Salon Car Championship who is being supported by Pickup Truck Racing.


Looking ahead to next season, Lea has three possibilities to consider: continue in the British Pickup Racing Championship, return to the British Touring Car Championship or join the proposed TCR UK.


If he decides to stay with pickup racing, exciting changes have been announced to add spice to the 2018 championship. For the first time, race teams will need pitstop training as they will be required to change two tyres one side of the truck mid-race, there will be a ‘dash for cash’ in one race with £3,000 prizemoney at stake and a night race at Rockingham.


Which competition he opts for will depend on the outcome of meetings with all his sponsors before the end of December.


“I would love to be back in touring cars because that’s where everybody wants to be, but the pickup championship has been very good for me as well,” added Lea. “The main difference is that you need a much bigger budget for the touring car championship.


“Without the support of my sponsors and my team I wouldn’t be able to race. I am lucky to have the support of my father and brother and the rest of the team around me is like family. When you have the passion for racing that’s what makes it work because everybody is pulling in the right direction.”


He thanked Morris Lubricants, Central Roofing, S. & P. Crossways Garage, Toyo Tyres and John Wood Tyres for their continued sponsorship this season.

Morris Lubricants first sponsored Wood in 2013 when he made his name by winning the coveted Jack Sears Trophy in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. The relationship has since blossomed into an ambassadorial role.

Morris Lubricants, one of Europe's leading oil blenders and marketers, launched its successful MLR ambassador programme last year to support all levels of British motorsport and promote the company’s premium quality oils and lubricants.


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