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Wood encouraged by points finishes


Lea Wood was pleased with how his team’s efforts panned out at the second British Touring Car Championship event of the season, as he secured his first points of the season in his Toyota Avensis.

The trip to Donington Park provided the Houseman Racing driver with something to think about after a trying weekend at the season-opening event at Brands Hatch due to a lack of testing prior to the start of the season, but Wood was able to prove his worth as he mastered the changeable conditions in race one to claim a point before staying out of trouble to score a further three in the final race of the day in an his underdeveloped machine.

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And the Hereford racer was satisfied not only with his results, but the manner in which they were achieved.

“Overall this has to go down as a good weekend for us,” said Wood. “We managed our first clutch start and wet running with the new car, got  points on the board, and generally made a lot of progress.

“One of the most pleasing aspects was the car’s reliability. We missed most of first practice, but that was to change the brake cylinders rather than any kind of problem.

The 2013 Jack Sears Trophy winner also stated his belief that after sorting out the reliability of his car, he will be now be able to push on and consistently challenge for points.

“On Saturday we focused on making the car more drivable, and that came good for the races. Securing three finishes, two of them in the points, was a great reward for the team’s hard work.

“While Brands was all about solving problems, here we were able to demonstrate what we can do and it was a big step forward. As the season goes on I hope that we can start showing our real potential and continue progressing up the order.”

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