Championship contender Cook invited onto KX Akademy

Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup title contender Josh Cook will compete for SV Racing in the first season featuring the new fourth generation Clio this year, after securing key backing from the KX Akademy bursary programme.

Switching to former Renault UK Clio Cup champion Danny Buxton’s Cheshire-based squad with just a week to go until the opening two races of the 2014 season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, 22-year-old Cook joins last year’s Vice-Champion Alex Morgan (Reading), Ant Whorton-Eales (Lichfield) and Ash Hand (Nuneaton) as part of the KX stable.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to be involved with SV Racing and the KX Akademy, a brand association with KX and support from a first class team like SV is brilliant – there is so much I can take from these partnerships”, said the Bath-based racer, “The title is definitely on my agenda and SV Racing’s ability and professionalism inspires confidence.

“I believe we will have the strongest driver line-up on the Clio Cup grid and I think there will be a good balance between my team-mates and I that will give us all a good shot at the championship. I’ve done a couple of days in the new fourth generation Clio Cup car and I’m hoping to get out again before Brands Hatch’s season-opener.”

Cook, who confirmed his return for a third full season in Renault UK’s flagship Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support category earlier this year, will undoubtedly be one of the main front-runners when the new era of Clio Cup racing begins next weekend, 29th/30th March.

Ending the past two seasons fifth overall in the driver standings, Cook was also the Rookie Cup Champion in 2012 and has been an outright race winner on three occasions. His Clio Cup debut came in 2010 when he contested six races alongside a dovetailed programme in the 750 Motor Club’s Stock Hatch Championship, where he won the title.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to have Josh on-board as part of the KX Akademy”, said SV Racing team principal Buxton, “He is a very strong signing who’s not only very quick, but also has a strong, mature head on his shoulders. I think the strength of SVR’s driver line-up clearly demonstrates the team’s intent for the season. All four of our drivers are potential championship winners.”

While Cook has become SV Racing’s fourth driver for 2014, Autumn Cup race winner Devon Modell (Maidstone) has switched from the Cheshire team to instead join Westbourne Motorsport alongside multiple category race winner, and fellow title contender, James Colburn (Worthing).

Following pre-event practice at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit next Friday, 28th March, qualifying for the first two races of the season will take place at 11.20 on Saturday, 29th March, with race one getting underway at 16.25. On Sunday, 30th March, round two will begin at 15.30 and will be screened live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD along with the addition of live streaming at www.itv.com/btcc

The Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup is additionally supported by ELF, Performance Friction, WP Racing and official tyre supplier Dunlop.