James Cole (racing driver)

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James Cole
Nationality  British
Born (1988-08-16) 16 August 1988 (age 25)
Southport (England)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2013
Current team United Autosports
Car no. TBA
Former teams RCIB Insurance Racing
Starts 18
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 21st in 2013
Previous series
2011
2010
2009
2008-09
2007
FIA Formula Two Championship
British Formula Three
Formula BMW Pacific
British Formula Ford
BRSCC North West Formula Ford
Championship titles
2009
2007
British Formula Ford
BRSCC North West Formula Ford

James Cole (born 16 August 1988) is a British racing driver from Southport, Merseyside. He made his British Touring Car Championship debut in 2013.

Career[edit]

Formula Ford[edit]

Cole began his racing career in 2007, taking part in BRSCC North West Formula Ford. He won this regional championship,[1] and in 2008 moved to the main British Formula Ford Championship. He finished tenth. He continued another year in the series, and won the 2009 championship,[2] taking seven wins and fifteen podiums in the twenty-four races.

He was nominated for the 2009 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

British Formula Three[edit]

He changed series to the British Formula Three National Class for the 2010 season,[3] driving for T-Sport alongside Alex Brundle and Menasheh Idafar. He finished second in the class.

Formula Two[edit]

He moved to Formula Two for the start of the 2011 season[4] with British Formula Three teammate Brundle.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Tony Gilham Racing (2013)[edit]

After a year out of racing, Cole joined Team HARD. for the 2013 British Touring Car Championship season to drive an NGTC Vauxhall Insignia.[5] He was allowed to drive the car for the first time on the Friday before the Brands Hatch round to shakedown the car.[6] In July 2013, Cole announced he had left Team HARD. in order to focus on securing a drive for 2014.[7]

United Autosports (2014–)[edit]

For the 2014 British Touring Car Championship season, Cole joined United Autosports who will be making their debut in the series.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2006 Formula Ford Festival - Kent class MedinaSport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 17th
2007 BRSCC North West Formula Ford MedinaSport  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 178 1st
Formula Ford 1600 Walter Hayes Trophy MedinaSport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 17th
Formula Ford Festival - Kent class MedinaSport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2008 British Formula Ford Jamun Racing 24 0 0 0 0 267 10th
Formula Ford Festival - Duratec - Pre finals 2 0 0 1 1 N/A N/A
Formula Ford Festival - Duratec class 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
2009 British Formula Ford Jamun Racing 24 7 5 6 15 597 1st
Formula Ford Festival - Duratec - Pre finals 2 1 0 0 2 N/A N/A
Formula Ford Festival - Duratec class 1 0 0 1 1 N/A 3rd
Formula BMW Pacific Eurasia Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2010 British Formula Three (National class) T-Sport 30 11 5 7 29 418 2nd
2011 FIA Formula Two Championship MotorSport Vision 16 0 0 0 0 6 20th
2013 British Touring Car Championship RCIB Insurance Racing 15 0 0 0 0 11 21st

* Season in progress.


† As Cole was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

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

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2011 2 SIL
1

15
SIL
2

13
MAG
1

18
MAG
2

17
SPA
1

16
SPA
2

16
NÜR
1

18
NÜR
2

14
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

12
RBR
1

9
RBR
2

18
MON
1

14
MON
2

15
CAT
1

14
CAT
2

15
20th 6

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded just in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)

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 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2013 RCIB Insurance Racing Vauxhall Insignia BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

13
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

22
DON
2

18
DON
3

17
THR
1

17
THR
2

14
THR
3

14
OUL
1

18
OUL
2

17
OUL
3

13
CRO
1

NC
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

15
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
21st 11
2014 United Autosports Toyota Avensis BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

17
BRH
3

14
DON
1

-
DON
2

-
DON
3

-
THR
1

-
THR
2

-
THR
3

-
OUL
1

-
OUL
2

-
OUL
3

-
CRO
1

-
CRO
2

-
CRO
3

-
SNE
1

-
SNE
2

-
SNE
3

-
KNO
1

-
KNO
2

-
KNO
3

-
ROC
1

-
ROC
2

-
ROC
3

-
SIL
1

-
SIL
2

-
SIL
3

-
BRH
1

-
BRH
2

-
BRH
3

-
18th* 2*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winners Main Page 2007". BRSCC North West Club. 6 October 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "James Cole wraps up 2009 Formula Ford title". racecar.com. 6 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Merseyside racer James Cole joins British F3 grid". British Formula Three (MotorSport Vision). 3 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "James Cole graduates to F2". FIA Formula Two Championship (MotorSport Vision). 31 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "James Cole signs for Tony Gilham Racing". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). 3 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cole gets Insignia run". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 29 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cole parts with Team HARD.". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "UNITED AUTOSPORTS CONFIRM 2014 BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY". United Autosports. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 

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