Paula Cook

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Paula Cook
Nationality British
Born (1969-11-02) 2 November 1969 (age 45)
Rotherham, England
Related to David Cook
Derek Cook
Jake Cook
Previous series
2004
2003
2003
2003
2003
2002
2000
1998-99
1997
1995-98
1995
1994
1994
British GT Championship
FIA GT Championship
SEAT Cupra Championship
Porsche Supercup
SEAT Cupra Superprix
ASCAR
Lotus Elise Championship
British Touring Car Championship
RAC Tourist Trophy
British Formula 3 Championship
British Formula Renault
Formula Vauxhall Junior Winter Series
Formula Vauxhall Junior

Paula Cook (born 2 November 1969) is a British auto racing driver. She is best known for her efforts as an independent driver in the British Touring Car Championship, driving for the family-run DC Cook Motorsports. As well as racing, she ran the family-owned DC Cook Direct dealership, from her father's death in 2005, until its closure in 2009.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Rotherham,[1] Cook began her auto racing career in 1994, when she competed in both the Formula Vauxhall Junior and Formula Vauxhall Junior Winter Series championships, finishing second overall in the latter.[2] British Formula Renault (becoming the first female ever to achieve a pole position in an international race),[3] followed by three years in the British Formula Three Championship between 1996 and 1998.[4] In 1997, she drove for the works Nissan team in the RAC Tourist Trophy.[5]

BTCC[edit]

Towards the end of 1998 British Touring Car Championship season, Cook entered the final four rounds for her father's DC Cook Motorsport Team in a Honda Accord.[6] She entered once more with DC Cook in 1999, planning to compete in the entire season, the first woman to do so.[7] However, despite a reasonable start to the year, the season for Cook was cut short after round 16, after her team pulled out of the series due to financial difficulties.[8]

Later career[edit]

After the BTCC she raced in the Lotus Elise Championship and the SEAT Cupra Championship.[4] In 2002, she entered a one-off ASCAR race at Rockingham.[9] In 2003, she competed in the SEAT Cupra Championship for the first time,[9] before later entering two races for the Morgan Works Race Team in the FIA GT Championship,[10] Most recently she has competed in the British GT Championship in 2004, driving the Chevrolet Corvette C5R of the Embassy Racing team.[11][12] following an outing in the Porsche Supercup.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Paula was born into a racing family - her father, Derek, was a racing driver in the 1970s.[14] Her brother David also competed in motorsports, and was most notable for winning the 1996 British Formula Renault series.[3] In addition to this, her nephew, Jake, entered the 2013 Formula Renault UK series, with Paula employed as his manager.[3] She helped run the family-owned DC Cook Direct dealership franchise, taking over the company following the death of her father in a car crash in 2005,[15] and remaining in charge until the company was liquidated in 2009.[16]

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

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 Pos Pts
1998 DC Cook Motorsport Honda Accord THR
1

THR
2

SIL
1

SIL
2

DON
1

DON
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

OUL
1

OUL
2

DON
1

DON
2

CRO
1

CRO
2

SNE
1

SNE
2

THR
1

THR
2

KNO
1

KNO
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

OUL
1

16
OUL
2

13
SIL
1

16
SIL
2

12
24th 0
1999 DC Cook Motorsport Honda Accord DON
1

14
DON
2

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

9
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

13
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

Ret
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

Ret
DON
1

15
DON
2

13
CRO
1

14
CRO
2

13
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

14
THR
1

THR
2

KNO
1

KNO
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

OUL
1

OUL
2

SIL
1

SIL
2

19th 3

Complete Porsche Supercup 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 DC Points
2003 Tolimit Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3 ITA1 ESP AUT MON
Ret
GER1 FRA GBR
24†
GER2 HUN ITA2 USA1 USA2 NC‡ 0‡

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

‡ – Guest driver – Not eligible for points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paula Cook career statistics". Driver Database. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Paula Cook: Biography". Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Famous Cook name returns to Formula Renault with Hillspeed". RenaultSport. February 21, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Paula Cook - Driver Profile". BTCC Pages. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "BTCC: Tourist Trophy preview". BTCC.co.uk. October 13, 1997. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Touring Cars: Reid puts pressure on Rydell.". Sunday Mirror. September 13, 1998. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "PAULA COOK IN TORING CAR ACTION". Wirral. March 18, 1999. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Win VIP day at Touring Cars". WIRRAL Globe. September 2, 1999. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "SEAT Cupra Championship Preview 2003". SEATCupra.net. April 15, 2003. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Morgan Works Race Team to contest two rounds". Motorsport.com. June 24, 2003. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ "BGTCL Silverstone race one notes". Motorsport.com. August 15, 2004. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ Havelock, Steve (April 21, 2004). "Portrait of a driver: Paula Cook". The Telegraph. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Paula Cook Joins Morgan Works Race Team". Carpages. June 21, 2003. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Derek Cook career statistics". Driver Database. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Car dealer dies in motoring crash". BBC. May 3, 2005. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ "DC Cook companies to be liquidated". AM Online. January 9, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2013.