Pattison eyes Renault UK Clio Cup title after announcing return with Team Cooksport

Lee Pattison (Scholes, West Yorks) is the latest top name to announce he will contest this year’s Renault UK Clio Cup – for British Touring Car star Josh Cook’s Cooksport team.
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Pattison is a proven race-winner in the championship with four victories to his name. He is also the holder of the fastest lap in UK Clio Cup history – pole position at the high-speed Thruxton circuit in 2014 at a dizzying average of 102.11mph (pictured below left).

After a one-off outing – with Cooksport – in 2015 he will return full-time to the UK Clio Cup grid this year. Its opening two rounds take place at the famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent on the weekend of Sat 2/Sun 3 April.

But 41-year-old Pattison admitted: “It’s not a circuit I enjoy – Thruxton, Donington Park, Oulton Park I love, but Brands Indy… you could call it my bogey circuit and last year I crashed in another category there and broke my arm.

“My deal with Cooksport has also come together late so Brands and maybe even Donington after that are going to be like my pre-season testing which everyone else has already had. The aim will be to collect as many points as possible at those two but then it’s Thruxton where hopefully I can be back fighting for wins. I’m not coming back to mess about – I’m doing this because I really believe the title is on and Cooksport have the ability to give me the car to do it.”

Pattison, sponsored by Range Storage, joins second-year UK Clio Cup drivers Rory Collingbourne (Newport, South Wales) and George Jackson (Bedford) in the Cooksport line-up.

Team Principal Cook, the 2014 UK Clio Cup runner-up and now in his second season of racing in the star-studded British Touring Car Championship, commented: “Lee is the perfect addition to our team – his experience will only help bring Rory and George on and we see this very definitely as a championship campaign with all three drivers.

"Lee was my team-mate in 2013 and I know exactly what he is capable of which he demonstrated in the one-off with us last year when he jumped in our car and was straight on the pace. We’re delighted to have him on board.”

Will Fewkes, Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager, said: “Lee’s name adds to the increasing number of top-class drivers wanting to be a part of the UK Clio Cup – and with every round taking place at the BTCC’s events plus live coverage on ITV4 who can blame them? The quality of our grid is looking exceptional and we are sure this is going to be reflected in the racing we produce in 2016.”