Cook Targets Clio Return After Mixed 2013 Season

Josh Cook is hoping to return to the Renault UK Clio Cup grid next season after a mixed 2013 campaign in the tin-top championship.

The 22 year old headed into the season with high hopes following a double win at Silverstone towards the end of 2012, however a switch to JHR Developments didn’t bring with it the results Cook had hoped for this year.

Despite being a fairly-regular podium finisher, with five in total over the season, the Bristol-based racer had to wait until the final race of the year at Brands Hatch for a return to the top step of the podium.

“To appreciate the good seasons, you have to have the bad ones,” Cook told TCF. “We’ve tried really hard this year, we’ve kept pushing to the end and fortunately it paid off.

“Even if we hadn’t taken a win this season, we’d still be coming back next year as once you’ve had a win, you’ve always got that hunger for the next one and you keep pushing for it.”

Cook is targeting a return to the Clio Cup grid next season in one of the new, turbocharged fourth-generation cars, which will be making their UK debut after running in the Eurocup series this year.

“If budget allows, I’ll be back in a new Clio,” he added. “With the new car it should be a fairly even playing field, though obviously Pyro have got a big leap on everybody having raced them in Europe.

“We’ll bring the fight though and give it a good go if we can make it to the grid. We’ll see how it goes over the winter.”