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.