Ryan Wood is one of a host of Dunlop Super2 Series rookies in 2023, joining Walkinshaw Andretti United as the main game squad returns to the second tier for the first time in over a decade.
The 19-year-old New Zealander arrives at Walkinshaw Andretti United via Porsche New Zealand and Earl Bamber Motorsport having completed an impressive maiden season of racing in Australia in Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge.
Wood claimed four out of six round wins and a sweep of all six pole positions on the way to a narrow second-placing behind Thomas Sargent in the Pro Class standings.
Although guaranteed graduation to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia next year via the Team Porsche New Zealand scholarship, Wood has instead elected to move directly onto the Supercars ladder in order to pursue a career in the main game.
A multiple karting champion in his native New Zealand, Wood earnt the Team Porsche NZ scholarship after impressing in his first two seasons of car racing. Graduating into the country's Toyota 86 racing series for 2021, Wood won six out of 15 races and claimed six pole positions, but a puncture in the final race of the season led him to finish third in the standings.
He then raced a Porsche 991 Cup Car in the 2021/22 South Island Endurance Series, winning the series without losing a single race.