Cook himself will this year graduate to the BTCC – Britain’s premier motor racing spectacle which is broadcast live nationwide in the UK on ITV4. Close to half the BTCC grid comprises former race-winners or champions from the Clio Cup…
But Cook has also confirmed he will run his own Clio Cup squad based in workshops in Bristol and 17-year-old Collingbourne – a top name from the club-level Ford Fiesta race series – is his chosen protégé.
The 2015 Clio Cup begins at the world-famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent on the weekend of Sat/Sun 4th/5th April with the opening two rounds of its new season.
Cook commented: “We tested Rory at the end of last year at Donington Park and he was very quick but more importantly he learns quickly. That test was key – it made our minds up. He listens very well and understands the car – something that sits very well with our engineers. He’s definitely one to watch.
“Last season we also effectively ran our own team under the SVR banner. By branching out on our own it gives us a chance to make a name for ourselves.”
Collingbourne said: “I’m obviously very excited about graduating to the Clio Cup. It is a massive step up for me but the Fiestas have given me plenty of experience in how to look after myself in a competitive saloon car category – I’m expecting plenty more door-to-door action in Clios!
“To come into Clios with a team like Cooksport and with Josh’s input on the racing and car set-up is a huge bonus. They can give me a car capable of winning races and being the top rookie is definitely on my radar. I have only raced on about half the circuits that are on the Clio Cup calendar so I need to do some testing before the season starts.”
RACE DATES: 2015 RENAULT UK CLIO CUP
Sat 4th/Sun 5th Apr Rounds 1 & 2 Brands Hatch Indy, Kent
Sat 18th/Sun 19th Apr Rounds 3 & 4 Donington Park, Leics
Sat 9th/Sun 10th May Rounds 5 & 6 Thruxton, Hants
Sat 6th/Sun 7th June Rounds 7 & 8 Oulton Park Island, Cheshire
Sat 27th/Sun 28th June Rounds 9 & 10 Croft, North Yorks
Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd Aug Rounds 11 & 12 Knockhill, Fife
Sat 5th/Sun 6th Sept Rounds 13 & 14 Rockingham, Northants
Sat 26th/Sun 27th Sept Rounds 15 & 16 Silverstone National, Northants
Sat 10th/Sun 11th Oct Rounds 17 & 18 Brands Hatch Grand Prix, Kent
OTHER KEY DATES
Wed 25 March Pre-Season Media Launch, Rockingham, Northants