The June 14-15 fourth round of the championship also saw him keeping himself in contention for the title at the midway point of the 2019 season.
Friday’s practice sessions saw Wood battling with technical problems on his Kyocera Volkswagen Golf which hampered his performance. A quick Warm-up session on Saturday morning saw him confidently heading into the Qualifying session, but he could only manage third place on the gird ahead of Race 1.
Following a good start in the race he passed Charl Smalberger to run in second place, but on Lap 5 the pair changed positions with Wood finishing in third place. This however provided him with the advantageous starting position for the second race due to the reverse-grid. In Race 2 he rapidly made his to the front of the field. He successfully countered the immense pressure from stablemate and championship leader Brad Liebenberg to take the win; his first for the 2019 season.
“Given the situation on Friday we are extremely happy about the result” said Wood. “Even following Race 1 we knew we already dropped crucial points to Brad, but this only motivated us further to push harder in Race 2. It’s also quite satisfying to have taken a win at the home of Volkswagen South Africa and our partner Omni Technologies. We ended the weekend with it being the highlight of our season thus far and be sure that we’ll keep building on it during the second half of the year.”
Adrian Wood would like to thank his partners Kyocera Document Solutions, Volkswagen Motorsport South Africa and Omni Technologies for the continued support.
Round 5 of the 2019 GTC2 Championship will take place at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria on July 26-27
Story by Reynard Gelderblom on behalf of Adrian Wood Racing