Lea Wood bags second successive hat-trick of Jack Sears Trophy wins in British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone (From Hereford Times)
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Lea Wood bags second successive hat-trick of Jack Sears Trophy wins in British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone
HEREFORD ace Lea Wood extended his lead in the British Touring Car Championship’s Jack Sears Trophy with a second successive hat-trick of victories in the penultimate round at Silverstone.
Wood, who also won all three Jack Sears races at Rockingham two weeks previously to set up an unassailable lead in the series, now has 16 victories to just six for his nearest rival Liam Griffin.
“The weekend was pretty much plain sailing for us,” said Wood.
“We were quickest in our group in the first practice session and again in the second.
“Qualifying was a bit more difficult as Liam got a bit closer to our times so we had to go out twice to get a good time in.”
In the first race, a coming together with Griffin, allowed the Addison Lee Motorbase driver to get past.
“But I managed to catch him up and go on to win the race,” said Wood.
“I had a cracking start in the second race and got past a few of the NGTC cars only to be spun round again.
“I just missed a wall which would have written the front of the car off so that was quite lucky.
“I was last at that stage but caught Liam up and, as I did so, he overshot a corner, went into the gravel and broke a drive-shaft.
“So I went on to win that race and finished 16th overall.
“Liam did not take part in the final race and so that was a bit lonely.”
With another two S2000 cars set to take part in the final round at Brands Hatch on October 13, Wood was pleased that there would be a bit more opposition.
“There will be a bit more to fight for as we want to have some competition,” he said.
“But 16 wins show how fantastic the team have been with the car and the reliability has been superb.”
Wood also praised the fans who had turned out in numbers for the relatively short journey to Silverstone.
“A lot of Herefordshire people were at Silverstone to support us and came to find us to get photos,” he said.
“There was even one who had made a flag which was really nice.
“It’s really great to get support like that.”
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