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Pickup racer Wood vows to bounce back from engine failure at Brands Hatch

Pickup racer Wood vows to bounce back from engine failure at Brands Hatch
12/08/2017

British Pickup Racing Championship contender Lea Wood has vowed to bounce back from a major engine problem that put the brakes on his challenge at Brands Hatch earlier this month.

At the half stage of the championship, Wood, 32, a Morris Lubricants Racing (MLR) ambassador, has slipped back one place to third after a “nightmare weekend” at Brands Hatch, as pacesetter Scott Bourne extended his advantage to 504 points.

But there is still all to play for in the remaining 11 races, the next of which are at Rockingham on July 1 and 2. The JWT Performance team is now busy fine tuning a new engine in the Ford Ranger pickup ready for the next races.

Everything had been going so smoothly until qualifying at Brands Hatch. Wood’s team don’t know for certain what caused the “catastrophic” engine failure, but a broken conrod bolt is the most likely suspect.

“We had completely revamped the truck and fitted a new engine over the winter,” said Wood, who is based in Hereford. “It’s a shame about the engine failure because the truck had been going really well and it had been reliable. It turned out to be a nightmare weekend.

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