Lea Wood has confirmed that he will use Andrew Jordan's race-winning Vauxhall Vectra for his assault on the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Wood's move to use the turbo-powered Vectra comes after two seasons competing in an older BTC-spec Honda Integra, with a best finish of seventh coming in wet conditions at Oulton Park
His decision to purchase Jordan's Vectra comes after the Pirtek Racing team elected to switch to NGTC-spec Honda Civics for the 2012 season.
“We've got a proven race and championship-winning car in the Vauxhall Vectra and 2012 is going to be very exciting, awesome even,” Wood told btcc.net
. “I think Eurotech and Andrew Jordan
got the best out of the car and we'd like to keep it up there. We'd like to be up at the sharp end a bit more and, as a lot of the teams will be out with new NGTC-spec cars, we hope to capitalise on that during the first few rounds while they find their feet.
“The Vectra will be a completely new challenge for me as a driver and for my team. There's no doubt it'll more technical than the BTC-spec Integra but it'll be quite exciting to work with and to see what we can do – I have a great race engineer with over 25 years of experience in motor sport who does nothing but race preparation, so I'm sure he can extract a lot from the car.”
Wood is set to start testing the car in the next month.