Dale Wood is an Australian racing driver who currently competes in the V8 Supercars Championship with Erebus Motorsport team. He debuted in the championship in 2008, competing mostly as endurance co-driver until 2013 and then becoming the full-time driver in 2014. Wood's greatest success so far is the championship title in the 2013 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, a development series for the V8 Supercars Championship.
Dale Wood was born on June 9, 1983, in Melbourne, Victoria. He started a racing career in the Victorian Formula Ford Championship in 2003. The first success came in 2004 when he was the championship runner-up in the series. In 2004, he also started to race on the national level. His first and only full season in the Australian Formula Ford Championship was 2006 when he scored two wins to finish 6th in the points.
In 2007, Dale switched to touring car racing, having a debut in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series with Greg Murphy Racing. He was driving the #46 Holden VZ Commodore, scoring two podiums and finishing 7th in the final standings. He spent one more season with Greg Murphy Racing, progressing to the sixth place at the end of the season.
In 2008, Wood had a V8 Supercars Championship debut, alongside Mark Noske as his endurance co-driver in the #51 Tasman Motorsport Holden. They raced together at Phillip Island and Mount Panorama. In his Bathurst 1000 debut, Wood finished in 13th place.
For the 2009 V8 Supercars season, Dale Wood was confirmed as the driver of the newly established Kelly Racing team, in the #16 Holden VE Commodore. He participated in five rounds, losing a seat after that and being replaced by Mark McNally. Wood rejoined the team in endurance races at Phillip Island nad Bathurst, partnering Jack Perkins in the #247 Holden. At Bathurst 1000, they were 14th.
In 2010, Wood participated in endurance races only, partnering Todd Kelly at Phillip Island and Bathurst and driving the #16 Holden together with Tony Ricciardello at Gold Coast 600. Wood was also occasionally participating in the Mini Challenge Australia.
In 2011, Dale Wood joined Tony D'Alberto Racing to drive alongside Tony D'Alberto at Phillip Island and Bathurst in their Ford Falcon. They finished ninth at Bathurst 1000. Wood also participated in one round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, driving Tony D'Alberto Racing's Holden at the Townsville as a replacement for David Wall, who was suffering from a broken leg.
In 2012, Dale Wood rejoined Greg Murphy Racing to compete full time in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series with #45 Holden Commodore. He scored one victory and three podiums to finish sixth in the final standings.
In the same season, he was again the endurance co-driver for Tony D'Alberto at Sandown and Bathurst.
In 2013, Wood had a diverse schedule of races, participating in five different competitions. His main commitment was in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, where he was driving the #26 Ford FG Falcon for MW Motorsport. He was the race winner three times, at Barbagallo Raceway, Queensland Raceway and Winton Motor Raceway, to dominantly win the title ahead of Ashley Walsh.
In the V8 Supercars Championship, he was Chaz Mostert's co-driver in endurance races, finishing 21st at Bathurst 1000. Dale Wood's other competitions in 2013 were the BNT V8 SuperTourer Series, V8 SuperTourers New Zealand Endurance Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.
With development series title in his pocket, Dale Wood finally had an opportunity to compete full season in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship. He was hired to drive the #21 Britek Motorsport Holden Commodore for Brad Jones Racing.
In the third round of the championship, at Winton Motor Raceway, Wood achieved his first podium, finishing third in the first race of the weekend. Later in the season, he was a third-fastest qualifier at Bathurst 1000 but didn't finish the race. His co-driver was Chris Pither. At the end of the season, Wood was 24th in the points.
In 2014, Wood also participated in some races with GT cars, in one round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and for the first time at Bathurst 12 Hour. He was driving Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 for M Motorsport, sharing a car with Steven Richards, Justin McMillan and Ross Lilley. They failed to finish the race.
In 2015 V8 Supercars season, Wood stayed with Brad Jones Racing, continuing to drive the #21 Holden. His only top 10 result was the 8th place at Hidden Valley Raceway and he finished 20th in the final standings. His endurance co-driver was Macauley Jones. At Bathurst 1000, they were 15th.
For the 2016 V8 Supercars Championship season, Wood returned to Kelly Racing. Since his previous experience with the squad, the team was rebranded to Nissan Motorsport, running Nissan Altima L33s. Wood was driving the #96 GB Galvanising Racing Nissan Altima.
He was in the top 10 two times, ninth at Bathurst 1000 and seventh in the first race of Gold Coast 600. His endurance co-driver was David Russell.
For the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season, Wood joined Erebus Motorsport to drive the #99 Holden VF Commodore. His endurance co-driver is Chris Pither.
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