November 10, 2014

 

Dutch driver and team look for better fortunes in second year.
Woods Racing team principal Ollie Woods held a short press conference at the team's Southampton HQ today to confirm one third of the team's driver lineup for the coming 2015 season. The team finished eleventh in the Superleague in 2014 and will no doubt be eager to improve on this next year.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce that Roy Schroten will again be driving for the team next season," said Woods. "While this certainly wasn't the year that any of us expected, Roy has gone about his business professionally and showed that he deserves to be in the top tier of motorsport. I was pleased to see him score points throughout the season, despite the car not always being up to standard, and crucially he only retired from one race. It goes to show that racing on until the end reaps rewards."

The team have been linked with various drivers in the media so far this season, and Woods was quick to set the record straight. "We have of course been in contact with numerous drivers about joining us to work alongside Roy next year. I've seen a lot of rumours linking us with Jarl Teien - I have a huge amount of respect for his ability and his professionalism after helping us at the end of this season. Unfortunately I can confirm that he won't be joining us in 2015, much to our disappointment, and we wish him well wherever he does turn up. I saw some rumour of me driving the car - that of course will not happen, as we need to spend the budget on development instead of repair bills!

"We've yet to confirm any sort of deal with anybody for the vacant race and reserve drives and will no doubt let you all know when we do. It's no secret that we would like to get the fastest driver available to us to help lead the project of us going back up the grid, but realistically we've got to see who the big teams go for first. Hopefully one day we'll be one of those big teams again. Any interested parties are of course welcome to contact me. I really think it's an exciting project that we've got here - we've got the resources and the knowledge, we just need people to fit the seats."

Woods was asked about the recent Young Driver Test: "It was hard for me to keep tabs on our drivers during the session, given that I was flying around the track (literally at one point) in a Nijo, but I can't fault any of them for their professionalism and willingness to work together before and after the test. They were quicker than me too which is always good! I hope we'll be able to work with all three drivers again in the future."



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