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Cook Joins Formula Renault With Hillspeed

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Reigning Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain vice-champion Jake Cook has announced a move into the Protyre Formula Renault Championship for 2013 with front-running outfit Hillspeed.

The 19 year old university student took two wins on his way to second in the standings last year, the Yorkshireman’s third year in the category, having made the switch to single-seaters as the 2009 Ginetta Junior vice-champion.

 “I’m really pleased to be racing as it really looked like we wouldn’t be this year, the plan after last year was to step-up from Ford and I definitely see this as a step-up,” said the Newcastle University student. “I’m only in it to try and win it. Hillspeed has won the championship before and the Renault is a proven, reliable car so I’m looking forward to it.”

Cook’s move into Formula Renault continues a strong family legacy in the category, with dad David winning Formula Renault UK in 1996, while his auntie Paula made history while competing in Formula Renault in the mid-90s, becoming the first female driver to qualify on pole position in an international race.

Cook joins fellow Formula Ford graduate Matt Rao at Hillspeed, with the team having one more seat to fill before it completes its Formula Renault line-up.

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