Press Release : Wood Conquers Brands Hatch Race Weekend

The 2018 Pickup Truck Racing Championship got off to a flying start at Brands Hatch for Lea Wood during the Easter Weekend. 

A 22 car field took to the two Qualifying sessions at the Kent circuit on the Sunday afternoon in the dry conditions, Hereford racer Lea Wood took second fastest lap in both sessions to secure a good starting position for the races the following day.

The Bank Holiday Monday brought heavy rain downpours for the initial races of the season, and starting from the third row (with the reverse grid positions from qualifying) Wood soon surged forward in very wet conditions to fight for the lead of the race, meanwhile posting the fastest lap time of the race (1:02.163).

The new engine and gearbox package has proved the right move for the Central Group Racing Team, providing a very competitive Truck for Wood to take the first win of the 2018 season.

Once again Wood started from P5 in race 2 in similar wet conditions, this time with 30kg of success ballast now on board. Whilst running in the top 3, with 3 laps left to run, contact between two other drivers allowed Lea to capitalise on there mistake and take the lead of the race, ultimately the second race win of the day.

Speaking after the second race, Wood commented: “To have such a successful first weekend of the season is exactly where we want to be coming away from this race meeting.

I’ve always been a fan of the wet weather and it’s something that’s never phased me.

The new powertrain in the Central Group Racing Truck feels fantastic and we’ve put in a lot of preparation coming into this season.

We’re also leading the drivers points standings too, so I’m really looking forward to Croft in a few weeks time to hopefully build on what we’ve done here at Brands,” added the TruckTEC supported driver.

This season is Woods 3rd in BARC Pickup Truck Racing Championship, having finished 3rd in 2017 & 2nd in 2016. The popular racing series heads to Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire on April 21st & 22nd.


Brands Hatch – race 2

The final race of the day puts us on the top step of the podium once again here Brands Hatch bringing us a total of two race wins this weekend and the lead of the Pickup Truck Racing Championship. Thanks to all involved Central Roofing Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Parts BlendLine ApparelKempowell Electrical Services Ltd John Wood Tyres John Wood Tyres Leominster Wenlock Spring TOYO TIRES Nicky Grist Motorsports P1 Advanced Racewear


Brands Hatch – qualifying

Qualifying all went to plan for the #43 Truck.

P2 in session 1 followed by another P2 in session 2.

Great result for the team after all the hard work over the winter months.

We now look forward to a very wet race day tomorrow.

Great support as always.


Partnership update…

So pleased to announce our partnership with GROUPAUTO and UAN Truck to add to the Central Roofing #43 Pickup Truck Race Team.

G-TRUCK & UAN TRUCK support Lea Wood in the Pick-up Truck Racing Championship.

G-TRUCK and UAN TRUCK are proud to announce that they will be sponsoring driver Lea Wood in the Pick-up Truck Racing Championship 2018 season, which opens at Brands Hatch 31st March (Easter weekend).

G-TRUCK is the commercial vehicle parts distribution arm of GROUPAUTO and UAN Truck is the commercial vehicle arm of UAN. Both trading groups are owned by Alliance Automotive Group, a European leader in supplying parts and related technical knowhow to more than 25,000 car and commercial vehicle repairers, garages, fast fit outlets, body shops, specialists and DIY chains. Alliance Automotive Group is active in France, Germany and the UK.

G-TRUCK & UAN TRUCK supply customers with quality parts they can trust. Priding themselves on a professional service keeping customers vehicles on the road and allowing to minimize downtime of a vehicle because they understand the importance of keeping a commercial vehicle on the road. ‘Time is money’. Visit to find your local parts distributor.

As well as supplying a range of OE parts and supplies G-TRUCK & UAN TRUCK distributors also offer you a range of quality own brand product under the private label ‘TruckTEC’ the range consists of; Clutch Kits, V-Stays, Air Springs, Batteries and Oils & Lubricants.
The group is continually working to expand the portfolio of parts and has some exciting new line to enhance the portfolio in 2018.

Visit for more information.

The group also has its own workshop programme ‘TOP TRUCK’. A network of workshops in the UK offering fleets a competitive service including 24hr assistance, not only in the UK but European-wide with over 1300 workshops in the network. Aiming to reduce your vehicle down time and keep you on the road. Visit

Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Parts
John Wood Tyres
S&P Crossways Garage
Nicky Grist Motorsports
Wenlock Spring
Kempowell Electrical Services Ltd
Rowlestone Farmhouse Ice Cream
PMC Technology Ltd
BlendLine Apparel
Top Herd



When you had a successful test on the Friday and the Vinyl is being applied on the Sunday.

You know it’s getting close to the start of the season.