Tom Wood, the 12-year-old Kart Racer sponsored by Q8Oils, has had a busy 2014 season contesting the Little Green Man and Super One British Cadet Championships with his team Aim Motorsport and finished the season on a high with a fantastic double at the PFI Circuit at Brandon.
Commenting on this season’s Q8Oils sponsorship, Tom says: "It’s been great to have the support of such a prestigious global company as Q8Oils during the season and I am delighted that I have been able to show my gratitude with some fantastic results.”
Q8Oils is no newcomer to motorsport and can be regularly seen sponsoring drivers, teams and events throughout Europe. Its high-performance, race-proven engine oils – such as Q8 Formula F1 and Q8 Moto SBK Racing – are used in numerous motorsport series including British Touring Car Championships and British Formula 1 Sidecar Championship.
Acknowledged by many as the race of his life and one of the best manoeuvres of the season, Tom went from seventh position to first on the last lap of the final round of the 2014 Little Green Man (LGM) National Championship where, with other drivers going for the inside line to look after their position, Tom took the open wide line at the PFi Circuit in Lincolnshire and went on to win the race and the 2014 LGM Championship 10 points ahead of his nearest rival.
The race and title wins added to an already impressive set of statistics gained during the 2014 season, which included podium finishes for seven out of the eight LGM rounds and a podium finish in his first race in the Minimax class, in which competitors drive bigger, more powerful karts. And, despite losing valuable points due to mechanical issues during two rounds, Tom finished just eight points off third place in the Super One Championship.
Tom has recently been announced as the Official Ambassador for the Donington Park Little Racers’ Kids Cub he helped to launch and these achievements – and acknowledgement as a positive role model in motorsport – have been recognised by Sport England, with Tom being shortlisted for Junior Sportsman of the Year.
Tom has also featured in a recent issue of Motorsport News and was the focus of a spotlight piece for a BBC East Midlands programme, where he was interviewed about his racing career to date and filmed driving supercars with the Race School at Donington Park.
For the 2015 season, Tom will be competing in the Super One Minimax Championship and has signed to 2014 British Champions, RL Racing Department.