Tom Wood victorious again in Formula Kart Stars at Silverstone
Castle Donington kart ace Tom Wood continued his superb run of form in the 2015 Formula Kart Stars series, with another win and a string of podium finishes.
Following up his victory in round one of Formula Kart Stars at Whilton Mill last month, the Donington Park-backed 13-year-old headed to Silverstone optimistic of more podium finishes, and he delivered that in fine style with victory in Saturday’s round three. Starting from eighth on the grid, he carved his way through the field to take another brilliant win in the F1-backed kart series, which counts support from the likes of Bernie Ecclestone and Lewis Hamilton.
He started his weekend strongly with constant progress in pre-event testing, eventually finishing up fourth and just 0.070s off the top spot. He carried that form over to Saturday morning, setting the fastest time in the warm up session before cementing a slot on the front row of the grid with the second fastest time for Heat One.
The first race was to prove controversial. Wood crossed the line to finish the race as the winner after a battling drive including gaining three places in one lap, but was then excluded from the results, due to a technical non-compliance.
Putting the disappointment behind him, he claimed a strong fourth place in Heat Two from 11th on the grid, fighting his way up through the field.
In Heat Three he again demonstrated his overtaking abilities, to claim his first podium of the weekend in third place. Starting from fourth, he dropped to seventh on lap one, but fought his way up to as high as second place, including a three place gain on lap nine, before dropping to third on the final lap.
Heading into the all-important final in strong form, Wood once more showed his fighting qualities to climb three places on lap two, and then four places in the next four laps to hit the front on lap six. He then proceeded to lead the majority of the remainder of the race, emerging on top of battles with Jac Maybin and Dean MacDonald to take another victory, after making a decisive move on MacDonald on the penultimate lap of the 24 lap contest.
Heading into Sunday’s round four, he again showed his intentions with the second fastest time in qualifying, just 0.020s off the best time of Saul Robinson. He followed that up with another podium finish in the first heat of the day, taking third place in a race with numerous changes of position, finishing just 0.320s behind winner Robinson in a very close finish.
Another podium followed in Heat Two. He led the first half of the race until he was overtaken by Robinson and MacDonald on lap eight. Wood then battled hard with Robinson before taking third place.
Wood returned to the top step of the podium in Heat Three, which he dominated. Starting from fourth, he climbed up to third on lap one and then passed Robinson and Ethan Hawkey on lap four to take the lead, which he held for the rest of the 13 lap race.
With strong performances all weekend, Tom was clearly one to watch in the round four final, and he again delivered another excellent performance to end his weekend on the podium once more with second place, well clear of the rest of the pack, with the next driver over seven seconds behind. Tom’s performance was all the more impressive when it was discovered post-race that he was racing with a snapped chassis.
Speaking at the end of the weekend, Tom commented: “It’s been a fantastic weekend at a brilliant venue. It was great to have Christopher Tate there to support me and it was a very special moment to stand on the top step representing Donington Park. FKS is a great Championship, and I’m looking forward to the next two rounds in Northern Ireland.”
Tom is back in Formula Kart Stars action at the end of July, with races at the Nutts Corner circuit in Northern Ireland on 25-26 July. For more information on Tom Wood, visit www.tomwoodracing.com.