Tom is a step closer to launching a major racing career after passing his Junior ARDS (Association of Racing Drivers Schools) test at Donington Park on Sunday 29 November. Tom passed his test thanks to instruction from The Motorsports School, who will start running ARDS test courses at Donington in 2016.
Donington Park-supported Tom, who claimed the Formula Kart Stars Junior title this year, is aiming to graduate from karting to cars next season, and is now eligible to enter circuit racing series such as the British Touring Car-support series Ginetta Junior Championship, which is renowned as the first stepping stone for junior drivers out of karting.
The test saw Tom experience his first laps in a car on a racing circuit, during which he received plenty of instruction from the team at The Motorsports School, before taking a written theory test and then taking to the track again for the test itself, where he needed to show consistent pace and control of the car in order to qualify for his licence.
In typical Tom Wood style, he passed the test with flying colours, and can now send off for his racing licence ahead of a planned entry in the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2016.
Pete Edwards, owner of The Motorsports School commented: “We were very pleased with Tom’s progress on the day, he took everything we told him on board and was fully deserving of passing his test.
“It was great to launch our school’s activities at Donington Park, and we will be holding many more school days at the circuit next year, and help many more budding racers in the process.”
Tom said: “I’m so happy to have passed my Junior ARDS test, I’m looking forward now to confirming my racing plans for next year. Thank you to everyone at The Motorsports School for their help and advice on Sunday and to Christopher Tate and Bob Adams for making it all possible. The Donington Park circuit was amazing and I’m really looking forward to racing at my home track !”
Donington Park Sporting Director Bob Adams welcomed The Motorsports School to the circuit’s portfolio of on track providers: “It was great to see Tom Wood, our Little Racers ambassador completing and passing his Junior ARDS test, well done Tom!
“A big thank you to Pete Edwards and Mel Townsend from The Motorsports School for carrying out the test. We are really pleased to confirm that The Motor Sports School will be carrying out more ARDS courses at Donington in 2016, with the first date on Sunday 24 January.”