Dale Wood has faced numerous challenges in his successful Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia rookie campaign, though one challenge he did not expect has surfaced – his brother.
Wood will be joined at Hidden Valley Raceway by his brother, Glen Wood, who replaces Le Mans-bound Alex Davison at round four of the Carrera Cup championship.
Glen himself has significant racing experience, most recently racing in the Australian GT Championship where the 29-year-old has campaigned a Lamborghini and KTM X-Bow over the past three seasons.
Glen now joins Ashley Seward Motorsport in the #888 Porsche entry, substituting Davison as the 2004 Carrera Cup champion competes in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
“I’m a little nervous going to a track that I’ve never driven… in a car that I’ve never raced… in what currently is the most competitive support category, though I’m super excited about the Darwin round and extremely grateful for this opportunity,” said Glen.
“While I’ve never raced at Darwin, I’ve done ample track walks from years of data engineering and I’ll further prepare myself by reviewing footage and spending time on the simulator, along with plenty of discussions with Dale.”
In addition to his maiden Carrera Cup appearance, Glen also looks forward to the rare chance to race against his front-running brother.
“I’ve rarely raced against Dale on track, however life seems to be a race against Dale; everything we generally do is a competition, whether its motorbikes, wake boarding or a simple game of golf, but to be in an identical car at the same track in the same series is an unreal feeling.
“There was never any doubt the bloke could steer and it’s been unreal to watch him succeed. He is gifted in his ability to race under so much pressure and has clearly shown his speed from the moment he left the gates in Adelaide this year.”
Meanwhile, Dale is also keen to begin the battle with his brother at Darwin.
“Of all the people you want to race against, you want to race against your brother,” said Dale.
“It’s great to get him in Carrera Cup and all will be fine with Glen coming to the series, as long as I’m ahead of him.”
Dale and Glen Wood will be the first brothers to compete in the same Carrera Cup Australia race since James and Theo Koundouris contested the inaugural two-driver Carrera Cup Pro-Am event in 2013 at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia will feature three races across the Darwin round, including two sprint races and an endurance-style 35-lap race three.