Model Jo Wood, ex-wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, has successfully completed her race driving test, with a little help from ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard.
The thirteen-time grand prix winner gave Jo a few tips before she obtained her official licence to compete. The Scot had this advice for the new racer: “The most important thing for Jo to do is go out there and enjoy herself – and don't try and win the race on the first corner,” said the BBC F1 commentator. “Patience is sometimes a good thing in a racing car. Great respect to her for having a go though. She seems to be really up for the challenge so I hope she does well.”
Wood will make her racing debut at the 2011 Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge, which sees an all-star line-up racing Morgan V6 Roadster sports cars, raising funds for the Cancer Research UK ‘Bobby Moore Fund’.
“This is something I've always wanted to do,” Jo revealed. “My Dad used to race when I was a kid so I grew up watching him at the track. Now it's my turn to get out there and try it for myself and I'm really looking forward to the challenge. I want to master those corners!”
Other ‘celebrities’ confirmed for the event include Heston Blumenthal, Charley Boorman, 'Comedy' Dave, Jonny Saunders, Neil Fox, Luther Blissett, Lord Charles Brocket, Rick Parfitt Jr, Neil Primrose, Paul O'Duffy, and Wood’s former Strictly Come Dancing dance partner Brendan Cole.
“Watch out Brendan Cole, because the tables are turned!” she warned. “Brendan told me off for driving too fast last time he was in a car with me, so he knows I'm going to be giving it my all. I love speed and I think I'm a pretty good driver, but I know this will be quite a big challenge. There's a lot to get to grips with when you're out on track, but I'm really looking forward to it â€¦ and it's great to know we'll be doing some good and raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund whilst we're having fun.”