Tom Wood takes top ten finish in VLN debut

July 2, 2020

VLN

After a long unplanned off season the #YRDArmy were finally back out at the weekend with organisations now local governments giving the all clear safety wise for racing to return. Both Tom Wood and Lewis Halliday were in action with Tom racing around the Nordschleife in the VLN Series and Lewis at Warden Law Kart Club.

Tom Wood 8th in VLN season opener

There is no tougher challenge in Motorsport than taking on the ‘green hell’. It is of course the legendary Nordschleife and after signing with Walkenhorst Motorsport this season Tom entered the VLN series a championship which sees the drivers take on the Nurburgring circuit at every round.

An extremely tough test but Tom would be in good hands with Walkenhorst having won many races around the circuit as well as winning the annual Spa 24 Hours. Of course the race cannot be completed alone and joining Tom in the car for the weekend would be Job van Uitert and Josh Hislop.

It can hardly come as a surprise at this circuit, but rains would play it’s part in qualifying and very quickly Tom was forced to come back in and abandon his lap before handing over to his teammates. As the weather eased up the team were able to put themselves 11th for the four hour race.

Due to his strong pace, Tom would finish the race while Job would start and Josh would take the second leg. Job made a strong start climbing up to 9th in class at the end of his 80 minute stint before handing over the car to Josh who held his own and maintained position.

A great strategy of the Walkenhorst Motorsport team meant that Tom would complete 2 laps before coming in for a ‘Splash n Dash’ pit stop, before completing the sprint finish to the end. With two laps completed in his stint, Tom caught and passed the 8th place car and set about chasing the two in front. Despite catching 6th and 7th place at 10 seconds per lap, Tom would just fall short and would have to settle for 8th out of an extremely experienced grid.

Tom Wood: “I’m super happy despite the seemingly average result. The guys in front of us have years of experience around this track which is everything as it is so long and demanding. My times were good enough to put me in the Top 6 which I’m over the moon with. The Nordshleife is to be respected but also to be thoroughly enjoyed which I certainly did this weekend! I honestly cannot wait to drive it again! After I have has a quick lie down!”

Damage forces Halliday to retire

Lewis Halliday would be forced to pull out if the event at Warden Law before the final due to heavy damage to his chassis. Despite disappointment there was a lot of positives to take away in Lewis’ first race back after finishing 5th and 3rd in the heats in a very competitive grid with several Rotax drivers taking the opportunity to get valuable practice in before the British Kart Championships. With damage repaired Lewis will now continue to take up for all the lost time we have had by getting straight back out on circuit at Clay Pigeon for the Super One Series opener this weekend.