Hillspeed’s Jake Cooks up two podium finishes

Hillspeed driver Jake Cook claimed two podium finishes in the Formula Renault Championship at Thruxton.
Hillspeed driver Jake Cook claimed two podium finishes in the Formula Renault Championship at Thruxton.
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Hathersage-based Hillspeed Racing celebrated a double podium finish during the third race meeting of the 2013 Protyre Formula Renault Championship season at Thruxton in Hampshire on Sunday.

Jake Cook took top three finishes in rounds seven and eight to maintain second place in the standings, that after being forced to retire from round six on Saturday after an accident.

Qualifying second on the grid for all three races, the first year racer was competitive throughout the weekend.

Although slipping back to sixth at the start of round seven on Sunday morning, Cook mounted a good recovery, and despite two safety car periods managed to climb up to third on the last lap which is where he finished.

In round eight, the Yorkshireman was in contention for the lead early on and initially produced fastest lap pace, but he eventually had to settle for third again after being overtaken on the final lap.

Team principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: “Jake has driven exceptionally well this weekend.

“The first race incident was unfortunate and ultimately resulted in a DNF which is something you need to avoid in a series as competitive as this one.

“In the other two races though, he did a great job and his two podiums were well deserved. He’s still got a lot to learn, but he’s the stand-out rookie.”

Team-mate Matt Rao also had the misfortune of one non-finish from the weekend’s three races, forced to retire from round eight before the start due to a broken driveshaft, but raced well to take ninth in round six and seventh spot in round seven.