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Wood brothers to team up in Carrera Cup

THIS year will present a new opportunity for former Supercars full-timer Dale Wood; that is, to be teammates with younger brother Glen.

The duo will both race for Earl Bamber Motorsport in the 2024 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, with Ranbuild backing switching to Glen’s #911 entry and Dale bringing fresh support from Connected Spaces onto his #992.

“I particularly enjoy bringing new companies into the sport and doing it my way, so the discussion was, ‘both brands want to be a major partner on the car, how do I make it work?’” Wood told V8 Sleuth.

“So speaking with Ranbuild it was, ‘hey, moving into this year it will be a Wood in the car but it won’t be myself – it will be my brother and I firmly believe he can do as good a job on-track and off-track for them’.

“I was lucky with the response that I got from them that they had the confidence in what I was saying in that, ‘okay, if we’re going to get the same quality out of him as we did with you, then we’re happy to press on’.

“It was then after that conversation that it was a clear ‘let’s get two cars on the grid’.”

Pic: Supplied/Race Project

For Dale, 40, it will be his third season with EBM, who took a one-three in the overall points last year via champion Callum Hedge and Wood.

“I’m bloody excited to be back with those guys and I think that we’ll only continue to build. There’s not much they didn’t win last year, so it’s nice to be a part of that place,” he said.

This will be Glen’s first full season in Carrera Cup, the GT veteran’s prior category experience amounting to a five-round cameo in 2018.

“It’s something that we have never been able to do,” said Dale of being teammates.

“Of course we’re going to be competitive but I think it brings a different perspective for me.

“In Carrera Cup or Supercars or whatever it is, you need a strong teammate because that’s the only way to move forward, and I’ve had that for many years like last year with the likes of Callum.

“But this time it’s going to be something different because it’s also your brother. So maybe it will create some more competitiveness but I think we also have a pretty good understanding of each other.

“In an ideal world we’ll be battling for one and two and everything will be fine as long as I’m one and he’s two!”

Both cars tested on Tuesday at The Bend.

The elder Wood added of Connected Spaces: “We’ve got a show car which is a 992 GT3 Porsche that is going to travel around Australia as well to different shows and events.

Dale Wood during pre-season testing at The Bend. Pic: Supplied/Race Project

“So they’re definitely a company that is doing everything they can to leverage and market this as well as they can.

“And for me, the corporate side of things is something I have enjoyed now for the last few years very much so, in the sense of bringing companies into the sport and showing them the value of motorsport if it’s done correctly.

“That’s something I’m pretty passionate about now and as I get older, I definitely see myself when the driving finishes, it will be something that I want to continue to do, the corporate side of it.”

Glen meanwhile reacted to the announcement and outlined his targets for the season ahead.

“The cars look fantastic. Though obviously, I tell my brother that mine is the best-looking car of the two!” he said.

Glen Wood in action. Pic: Supplied/Race Project

“I’m being realistic about my own expectations and what we can achieve this year. It’s a tough, very competitive championship but I’d like to think that I’ll be fighting for podiums by the back half of the year, if not sooner.

“I’ve raced a lot of GT cars lately and I’m very thankful for those experiences, but having a car to yourself is the holy grail. You can just pin down your technique and work on that over a race weekend and throughout the year.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to put 110 percent focus on my car, our team, our sponsors and for what is to come in the year ahead.”

Round 1 of the Carrera Cup season will take place at Albert Park across March 21-24.

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