An eighth and 14th remain his best results this year, but the former Nissan and BJR driver has brought much needed experience to the team’s second car.
Wood looked pacey in qualifying in the wet at Tasmania and in Perth and has failed to capitalise on his full potential.
The jury remains out on whether the move has been a beneficial one for the Victorian, but the ingredients are there for him to move forward through the field as Erebus continues his improvement.
Even if it does take time to fully settle in, Wood has the bonus of a two-year deal with the team, such is their faith in getting the best out of the 2013 Dunlop Series champion.
#22 Mobil 1 HSV Racing from DJR Team Penske
The union of former Triple Eight prodigy Scott Pye to the outfit’s former team manager Adrian Burgess at Mobil 1 HSV Racing promised plenty pre-season.
Pye, who was regarded for helping turn around DJR Team Penske’s form in 2015 and 2016, was the young recruit handed the security of a three-year deal and charged with invigorating Walkinshaw Racing after Garth Tander was let go.
It hasn’t gone to plan, however, with the South Australian sitting 20th in the standings and the team scrambling for answers to its pace woes.
While the long-term nature of the deal means there is more to come, the early days of the partnership have not given much to smile about, with Pye yet to crack the top-10.
Of a more immediate concern is Burgess’s exit and both of the teams cars not qualifying in the top-20 at Winton while Scott McLaughlin bagged two poles in Pye’s previous ride at Shell V-Power Racing.