2014 Renault UK Clio Cup Vice-Champion Josh Cook will graduate into the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as the championship's #RacingforHeroes driver.
Cook, who won six races this year, will resume his on-track battles with 2014 champion Mike Bushell in the BTCC – the latter having already confirmed his step-up into the UK's biggest series. Bushell will drive for the AmDTuning.com team
, while Cook will race an as-yet-unconfirmed car having been selected as a #RacingforHeroes representative.
“On behalf of Renault UK and everyone involved in the Renault UK Clio Cup I'd like to say how very proud we are to be associated with Help for Heroes – what a fantastic initiative #RacingforHeroes is”, said championship manager Will Fewkes, “We're obviously delighted to see Tom [Butler] make his graduation from the Clio Cup Series, I'm sure he'll develop very strongly in 2015.
“The other incredible news, of course, is to learn Josh [Cook] will be the second driver in quick succession to step-up into the BTCC from Renault Clios. To have our champion, Mike Bushell, and now our Vice-Champion as well in touring cars next year is total confirmation of the Clio Cup's strength and position. We wish Josh and his #RacingforHeroes programme every success.”
With a long-term goal of establishing a BTCC team solely comprising military veterans, the announcement of the #RacingforHeroes initiative – which is an official Help for Heroes charity partner – is the first step on a very exciting path for all involved.
Peter Thorpe, founder of #RacingforHeroes, said: “We, as a group, are so proud to launch such an exciting team into British motorsport in support of Help for Heroes. It's a unique idea, forging relationships between drivers and sponsors and offering our partners what is the biggest PR and marketing platform in UK racing.
“We're delighted Tom will represent us in the Renault UK Clio Cup and Josh will be our contender in British Touring Cars after a fantastic season in Clios this year. It truly is a very exciting time for everyone involved.”
Image credit: Derek Seaward / #RacingForHeroes