Charlie Ladell has made a late switch to Team Cooksport for the 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup season.
Ladell made his Clio Cup debut with WDE Motorsport last season. Joining the grid from the fourth meeting of the year at Oulton Park onwards, he secured a best finish of fourth place at Snetterton and eleventh in the final standings.
Whilst Team Cooksport are new to the Clio Cup this season, they are utilising the engineering squad that guided now BTCC racer Josh Cook to the Rookie Cup title in 2012 and the overall vice-champion honours last season.
Ladell completed a successful two day test with the Bristol-based outfit at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch recently and is looking forward to working with his new team.
“I’m really happy to have made the move and be in partnership with Team Cooksport,” said the 18 year old. “I feel confident that I can develop as a driver both on and off the circuit with the experience and support of the team.
“Their results last season speak for themselves and together I feel we can be challenging at the front of the grid.”
Ladell is the Team Cooksport’s second signing for the season alongside MSA Academy member Rory Collingbourne, with Cook feeling their latest acquisition has the potential to be a front-runner from the off.
“We sat down with Charlie, had a chat and he really liked the way we operate, the guys we have in the team and the proven track record that we had last year,” said Cook, who is the team’s driver coach this year.
“We’re delighted to have Charlie on board, he took a fourth place last year in what wasn’t even a full season and showed some real promising pace. We’re going to give him everything we can to help him develop as a driver.
“With Rory as well, it’s great to have two young, developing drivers on board that have huge desire to win and hopefully we can all work together to get them to the front of the grid. It’s where they want to be and where we want to be.”
Cook says the team, who are owned by his father Chris Cook and managed by Steph Cook, are hoping to expand to three cars for their maiden campaign.
“We have another seat available for this season, a third car ready to go and we are in talks with a number of people for a late deal as such,” he added.
“We have a huge amount of data, knowledge and video from last season, more than anybody else really, so we’ve got everything we need for the drivers and are happy to expand the team.”
The 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup kicks off at Brands Hatch next weekend, April 4/5, with Rounds One and Two around the Indy circuit.