Tom Wood is a 16-year British Racing Driver from Castle Donington. An accomplished Kart Racer, with numerous British Championships to his name,
2018 will see Tom racing in the British GTChampionship, alongside teammate Jan Jonck in the Academy Motorsport ran Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
Tom is making his step up to GTRacing this season, after two successful seasons in the Ginetta Junior Championship - where he was a race winner and consistent podium sitter.
Tom scored his first win at Snetterton, as well as making a name for himself with some brilliantly opportunistic passing moves.
Tom finished 5th in the hugely competitive championship in 2017.
Tom makes his next step on the ladder to becoming a Professional Racing Driver in 2018 - follow his progress online and via social media.
Find out more about Tom's racing career to date, his achievements and how it all began in the timeline blocks on this page below.
2018 will see Tom make his debut in the British GT Championship, competing with Academy Motorsport in an Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
Tom has joined the team following his successful 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship campaign.
He will be teamed with Jan Jonck, who will share driving duties for Academy Motorsport as he switches teams.
Academy Motorsport will enter two Aston Martin Vantage GT4‘s in to the 2018 British GT Championship.
Tom will have a lot to learn, but he has the potential to elevate himself up the GT racing ladder and his dream of becoming a Professional Racing Driver.
Stepping up from karting and into car racing was a major step in Tom's career as he pursues his ambition to become a professional racing driver.
After competing in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, becoming a finalist in the coveted competition - the choice was made to move into the hugely competitive Ginetta Junior Championship.
The championship is a feeder series the BTCC and features 25 races, at 10 different circuits, broadcasted on ITV4 to an audience of over 20 million people!
Tom competed as a Rookie in his first season, taking numerous Rookie and Full Class Podiums in his debut season. He made the switch to HHC Motorsport in 2017, which saw him battle for the championship, score his first win at Snetterton and made a name for himself as a fantastic opportunistic overtaker.
Tom finished 5th in the championship in 2017 after numerous podiums, a 'Pole Position' and a race victory.
Tom moved up into the Junior classes in 2015, competing with RL Racing Dept in Minimax, aswell as competing in the FKS Junior Championship.
Tom dominated the FKS Junior Championship, after numerous wins and podiums, Tom wrapped up the title with a round to spare.
The Super One Series saw Tom suffering from a lot of bad luck throughout the season, robbing him of some big points hauls.
Tom had to miss the final round of the season, but still came 7th overall in the championship.
Tom additionally competed in the MSA British Kart Grand Prix. Racing in the Junior X30 class, in a capacity field, Tom took a dramatic win, stealing the victory on the final lap to add the British Kart Grand Prix Title to his impressive Roll of Honour.
Tom was invited to participate in the Iame X30 World Championship. After featuring in the top 5 all weekend, Tom suffered a minor technical problem in the final, meaning he finished the race in 8th position, to become the 8th seed in the world.
The decision was made in late 2015 to pursue the transition into car racing.
In 2012-2014 Tom competed in the Super One British IAME Cadet Championship, the Little Green Man National IAME Cadet Championship and the Formula Kart Stars Championship (2012).
2012 saw Tom fight for podiums at the highest level of British Cadet Karting, finishing 9th overall in FKS as well as winning the TVKC Cadet Championship.
2013 saw Tom emerge as a serious title contender, with the British Championship going down to the final race with three drivers in with a shot of the title. At the end of the weekend, Tom ended up 3rd overall in the British IAME Cadet Championship, aswell as the National Comer Cadet Championship.
Tom won the coveted Trent Valley Kart Club Winter Series once again and narrowly missed out on victory in the MSA British Kart Grand Prix and the British Open Championship.
Tom's excellent results in 2013 caught the attention of the Young Racing Drivers Academy (YRDA) of which Tom has been signed by still too this day.
In 2014, The LGM had a bumper grid of over 70 drivers, and Tom was consistently on the podium at all but one round.
The last round was held at PFI near Newark and after a spectacular final race, Tom managed to put in the race of his life, to take the 2014 Little Green Man British IAME Championship title. The same season he finished 4th in the Super One Series
He won over thirty 1st place medals, always on the podium. Tom was keen to move into petrol karts and a visit was made to Kartmania in Nov 2007 – where he found a new Bambino school was being launched in 2008 meaning he could compete in petrol karts in the next year.
A Christmas present of a second hand Bambino kart opened another chapter in Tom’s karting and shortly after the family made the first of many trips to Buckmore Park in Kent for the newly organised Bambino race meetings.
Tom contested the Bambino rounds through 2008 and 2009 – becoming the most successful Bambino racer at Buckmore, winning 12 out of 18 rounds in 2009 and being on the podium 17 times. His final Bambino race at Buckmore was in Oct 2009, Tom duly won both rounds– He then moved into MSA cadet racing. Tom had to compete in 5 races as a novice in cadets (on black number plates) before being allowed to have a full race licence.He won 3 first place novice trophies in these early meetings.
2010 was a year of learning in a very competitive class. Tom won his last novice race in February making it 3 out of 5 novice trophies. The rest of the year he raced 3 times a month at Rissington, Whilton Mill and Shenington. He won his first race heat at Shenington in June, was narrowly beaten for the win in the final at Rissington in July and finished 5th in a very strong field at Whilton Mill in August.
The highlight of the year was winning the 'Most Promising Cadet' Award at the Shenington Awards evening.