Top 10 BTCC Drivers of the Year 2013: 9: Lea Wood

Team: Wheel Heaven/Houseman Racing Car: Vauxhall Vectra (S2000) Wins: 0 Podiums: 0 Pole Positions: 0 Fastest laps: 0 Championship points - Overall/Independents: 8/47 Championship position - Overall/Independents: 24th/17th

For much of the off-season ahead of the 2013 campaign, Lea Wood was hard at work trying to put together a deal to run in an NGTC-spec car - with a drive with Speedworks being mooted after he took the chance to test with the Toyota team over the winter.

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Sadly for Wood, the move up to the latest generation of BTCC machinery proved to be a step too far financially, with the 29-year-old instead electing to continue with his Super 2000-spec Vauxhall Vectra for a second season.

Immediately installed as favourite for the Jack Sears Trophy, Wood started the year in disappointing fashion with car issues and then a technical exclusion meaning he found was unable to pick up victory on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

A first win came at Donington but after seven races, Wood found himself trailing both Liam Griffin and James Kaye in the JST standings. Things soon changed however with double wins at Thruxton and Oulton Park seeing him move clear in the standings as the season headed towards the half-way stage.

Already comfortably clear on the chasing pack, Wood drove home his advantage in the second half of the year and took twelve wins in the final 15 races to take the title with six races to spare.

With the Vectra no longer eligible for 2014, Wood's work is now well underway on trying to put together the NGTC deal that wasn't possible twelve months earlier so he can show what he can do in the latest machinery.

Crash.net's top ten BTCC Drivers of the Year - as voted by you:

10. Tom Onslow-Cole