Charlie Cox (racing driver)

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Charlie Cox (born 10 June 1960), a motorcycling commentator, was brought up in the Sydney suburb of Gymea.

Racing career[edit]

His background is based on 4 wheels rather than 2. He raced in the National Saloon Car Cup in Britain using a Ford Escort RS Cosworth in 1993 and 1994, winning several races.[1] He also won the Willhire 24 Hour at Snetterton, again in a Ford Escort RS Cosworth, in 1993.[2] For 1995 he moved up to the BTCC in a Ford Mondeo for his recently formed Thames Ford Dealers team with sponsorship from the Evening Standard newspaper. He caused a sensation in a wet race early in the season by finishing 5th, although behind both works Fords, choosing the correct tyres and recovering from an early spin. However, a huge barrel-rolling crash at Thruxton left him with concussion, and caused him to miss several races. When he returned it was in a hatchback Mondeo, making him the first driver to race one in the BTCC. He raced occasionally in Sportscars subsequently, as well as some appearances at the Bathurst 1000.

Commentary career[edit]

His second career began when he started commentating on BTCC in 1997 alongside Murray Walker. For 1998 Murray left, and was replaced by 1982 Formula One Championship runner-up John Watson. When the BBC lost BTCC coverage, they switched Cox to motorbike coverage alongside Steve Parrish and Suzi Perry.

He currently commentates on MotoGP racing for the BBC in partnership with former GP racer Steve Parrish. Cox is known for numerous catchphrases including "revs are up, ready for a start" shortly before the racing; "taking the hole shot" to mean either taking the lead at the start or passing two or more rivals in one go; "that's shot the fox" when a rider providing exciting action dropped out; describing "lunatic" drivers as "mad axe murderers"; a bad race as "a nightmare in a bubble car"; "he needs that like a third armpit" referring to any rider's misfortune; "as close as you like"; "he's really got the magnets on", regarding a trailing rider closing on a leading rider; a rider being "as fast as a fast thing on fast pills" for pretty much any reason. He often closes with "are there ANY questions?" He is also well known for one-liners that include, "at the start Dani Pedrosa is off the line quicker than a white slice out of my toaster" and "there's so many dropping out of this race I'm gonna jump on a pit-lane scooter and claim my first world championship points". He frequently refers to co-commentator Steve Parrish as "Oracle".

Top Gear Australia[edit]

Charlie was named as one of the hosts of the first season of Top Gear Australia, along with cartoonist Warren Brown and advanced driving instructor Steve Pizzati, which premiered on SBS on 29 September 2008. [3] On 19 December 2008, Charlie announced his departure from Top Gear Australia due to lack of time. He was replaced by jazz legend and motoring fan, James Morrison.[4]

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Pos Pts
1995 Thames Ford Dealers Ford Mondeo Ghia DON
1

18
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

15
THR
1

13
THR
2

DNS
SIL
1

SIL
2

OUL
1

OUL
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

DON
1

DON
2

SIL
KNO
1

KNO
2

23rd 8
Ford Mondeo BRH
1

21
BRH
2

15
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

16
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

DNS
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

14

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