This weekend at Round 3 we see the return of the 2015 Champion, Glen has spent 2016 competing in the Australian GT Championship and the Australian Endurance Championship.
Having finished 2015 with a gearbox issue in the final round Wood stepped into a deal with M Motorsport to drive a 2016 specification Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX GT3 with team owner Justin McMillan, “A great opportunity came up to drive with Justin, we both work all week and go racing as a passion so it’s a great fit” commented Wood. The season kicked off at Clipsal 500 in Adelaide where the pair had a strong run “we didn’t have big expectations with the strength of teams in the category this year, like Tekno with the McLaren’s and MPC with the Audi’s but we kept out of trouble and came away with the round win which was above our expectations”, since then the season has hit a couple of speed bumps. “We have suffered unfortunate circumstances a couple of times this year, at Phillip Island we suffered a puncture at the start of the lap, so limping the car a full lap and then a pit stop dropped us a couple of laps and it’s things that like you need to go your way”. Despite these issues the team have been progressing well and currently lie in 6th in the championship behind powerhouse teams of Tekno’s McLaren’s, and MPC Audi R8’s.
Glen’s step back into MG’s this weekend comes courtesy of car owner Phil Chester wanting to get some recent updates trialed “Well I never ran the car in the old format so I can jump in and think its fantastic but Glen knows what it was like to compare it to and how to develop it. I am going to run it at Winton in three weeks and I think Glen will give me some great advice” commented Chester. Glen is keen to see how it goes “it should be a rocket, I mean it was a bit of a compromise last year and as the year went on we ironed out some issues and over the last 8 months Phil has worked on all the area’s it was weak, suspension, geometry, area and gearbox and so it should be a rocket now I am looking forward to it, the car is probably 2-3 seconds quicker than last year”.
The weather looks a little bit bleak but it is great to see the #1 on the door and back in the field.
Phil Chester commented that the car is a testament to Dean Lillie “Dean has spent hours and hours on it, his operation at Ravage Raceworks has basically rebuilt it, it’s got a Holinger box instead of the Toyota 5 speed, it’s got a whole new rear wing setup and rear suspension setup so it should drive very very different”