Rory Collingbourne has been named as Team Cooksport’s first signing for the 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup.
The Welshman finished a strong sixth in the championship during his and the team’s debut campaign in the BTCC support championship.
The 18 year old picked up thirteen top ten finishes through the season, with a best outright result of fourth coming at Rockingham towards the end of the year.
With a year’s experience under his belt and some positive pre-season running, Collingbourne says he’s now ready to put himself in contention for podium finishes and race wins this season.
“We’ve got through a lot of testing on track this week at Oulton Park in Cheshire and Thruxton in Hampshire and it’s gone like a dream,” said Collingbourne. “Going back to those circuits after last year when I was very new to it all gave us a chance to assess what steps forward we’ve made and it’s really noticeable already.
“It feels great to be back in the car and working with the Cooksport team again. I’m really happy about the deal we’ve been able to put together for 2016 and I’m confident we can come out fighting right at the sharp end at the opening rounds at Brands Hatch in early April.”
Team Cooksport are hoping to announce more drivers for their 2016 line-up in the coming week, with Josh Cook delighted to retain Collingbourne’s services.
“Rory showed some real flashes of speed in 2015 and his rate of progress was very impressive. I’m convinced he’s now ready to start pushing for podium results and even wins,” added Cook.
“Continuity in motor sport is rare these days so it’s important to keep him on board – he’s got a lot of talent and him re-signing says a lot about his faith in the Cooksport team’s abilities too.”
*You can read an extended interview with Rory looking ahead to his 2016 season on The Checkered Flag next week*