Josh Cook has been added to the KX Akademy programme for 2014, a move that sees him make a late switch to SV Racing for the 2014 Renault UK Clio Cup.
Cook was initially signed up to return to 20Ten Racing, the team that guided him to the 2012 Clio ‘Graduate Cup’ title, but with less than ten days to go before the season starts, he has moved awnings to the SV outfit to join fellow KX-backed drivers Ant Whorton-Eales, Alex Morgan and Ash Hand.
After securing the Graduate honours in 2012, Cook joined JHR Developments last season. While it proved to be a frustrating campaign for the Bristol-based racer, it ended on a high with victory in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.
“It has been a tense few days, but it’s absolutely fantastic to be involved with SV Racing and the KX Akademy,” said Cook. “The title is definitely on my agenda and SV Racing’s ability and professionalism inspires confidence. I believe we will have the strongest driver line-up on the UK Clio Cup grid and I think there will be a good balance between my teammates and I that will give us all a good shot at the championship.”
The 22 year old is the sixth driver to be backed by KX for this season, alongside the aforementioned Clio trio, BTCC driver Sam Tordoff and Ginetta GT4 Supercup newbie David Pittard.
“There’s so much I can take from these partnerships,” he added. “Driving is only one element of being a modern racing driver and I’m really looking forward to learning as much as I can about how I can succeed in the motorsport industry as a professional racer.”
“I’m extremely excited about Josh Cook’s arrival,” commented SV Racing Director Danny Buxton. “I’m not kidding when I say that he has been a constant thorn in the team’s side for the last two seasons, denying us race wins and podiums on a consistent basis. Therefore, it’s absolutely fantastic to have him aboard as part of the KX Akademy.”
Cook’s move into the SV Racing camp has led to a change of team for Devon Modell, who was announced earlier this month as their fourth driver. The 23 year old has made a switch to Westbourne Motorsport alongside James Colburn, and tested with them for the first time today (19th March) at the official Renaultsport Media Day at Rockingham.
20Ten Racing meanwhile are now set to run a two car outfit this season with series newcomer Craig Milner and sophomore driver Jordan Stilp.