27 December 1970 |
Belmont, New South Wales, Australia
|British Formula Ford Championship
Swiss Formula 3 Championship
EFDA Nations Cup
Australian Formula 2 Championship
Australian Mitsubishi Mirage Cup
Australian MG Trophy
Australian Production Cars
Australian Mini Challenge
Australian Suzuki Swift Series
Australian Manufacturers' Championship
Australian GT Championship
|2002||Australian Formula 2 Rookie of the Year|
He started racing at the age of 16 in Karts, winning club titles there and moved into Formula Ford in Britain. He raced 4 times in the British Junior series, which ran the same races as the outright series, but for different points. The highlight for him would have been out qualifying eventual Formula One driver David Coulthard. After an unsuccessful season of Formula 3 in Switzerland in 1990, he returned to Australia and competed in various club racing including Formula Ford, AUSCAR, HQ Holdens and Karts. He made a brief return to Europe in 1996 for British Formula Ford and 1998 to compete in one round of the Benelux Formula Opel series and the EFDA Nations Cup in the Netherlands. In 2002 he ran in the Australian Formula Two Championship where he finished 8th and took out the Rookie of the Year award. He returned for one race in 2011 in the Formula R class at Eastern Creek in a Reynard 913 and the 2011 Asian Formula Renault Challenge but didn't start after an accident in qualifying.
Season 1995 saw an introduction to Production Cars in the Eastern Creek 12 Hour, but a blown head gasket saw them not start. He ventured to the Nurburgring 24 Hour in a Peugeot in 1996, but did not finish. From there he moved to the Australian Mitsubishi Mirage series and competed in the Bathurst 2 hour race finishing 3rd in Class B. 2004–05 he raced a Citroën Xsara in the NSW Combined Touring Car Championship, winning the State Championship in his class. He raced a BMW in the 2006, and a Holden Vectra in the 2007 Australian Production Car Championship. 2009 saw him join the Bargwanna Motorsport team in the Australian Mini Challenge.
2011 he raced in the final round of the Australian Suzuki Swift Series after practicing at the Eastern Creek and Sandown rounds without racing. He also participated in the Eastern Creek 6 hour, crashing out with two hours to go whilst leading Class E with co-driver Brooke Leech. He rejoined the series in 2012 for the fourth round at Sydney Motorsport Park finishing sixth for the weekend. In 2013 he raced in the GT Challenge class of the Australian GT Championship driving a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup. He finished 2nd in the championship.
Stock car racing
He joined the AUSCAR ranks in season 1991/92 after being a finalist in the Fastrack Driver Program. In the summer of 2006, he returned the ranks of Street Stockers, running at Parramatta City Speedway over the 2006–2007 season. The summer of 2010 he ventured in a part season in Wingless Sprints mainly in New South Wales. In 2011-2013 he tried to break into American speedway by running in selected Factory Stock events with limited success.
|1987||SKRC vs CDKC Clubman Kart Challenge||1st||Demon – Yamaha||BCM|
|1989||British Formula Ford Championship||NC||Van Diemen RF87 – Ford||Harvey Gillanders Racing|
|1990||Swiss Formula 3 Championship||12th||Ralt RT23 – Alfa Romeo||Jo Zeller Racing|
|1991||CCCC Formula Libre Championship||1st||Van Diemen RF85 – Ford||BCM|
|1993||NSW HQ Holden Series||18th||HQ Holden||BCM|
|1994||NSW HQ Holden Series||8th||HQ Holden||BCM|
|CCCC Club Car Championship||1st||HQ Holden||BCM|
|1995||New South Wales Formula Ford Championship||9th||Van Diemen RF85 – Ford||Peter Finlay Racing|
|NSW Formula Ford Hillclimb Championship||1st||Van Diemen RF85 – Ford||Peter Finlay Racing|
|1996||Australian Formula Ford Hillclimb Championship||3rd||Van Diemen RF85 – Ford||Peter Finlay Racing|
|British Formula Ford Championship||NC||Martlet DM6 – Ford||3 Sisters|
|1998||EFDA Nations Cup||4th †||Van Diemen – Opel||Team Australia|
|2002||Australian Formula Two Championship||8th||Cheetah Mk7-Golf||BAE Racing|
|2003||Australian Mitsubishi Mirage Cup||12th||Mitsubishi Mirage RS||Mal Rose Racing|
|2004||Australian MG Trophy||5th||MG F Trophy||Mopro|
|NSW Combined Touring Championship Class C||1st||Citroën Xsara VTS||Fortec Motorsport|
|2005||NSW Combined Touring Championship Class E||3rd||Citroën Xsara VTS||On Track Motorsport|
|2006||NSW Combined Touring Championship Class E||2nd||Citroën Xsara VTS||On Track Motorsport|
|2006||Australian Production Cars - Trophy Class||12th||BMW 323i||On Track Motorsport|
|2007||Australian Production Cars - Trophy Class||5th||Holden Vectra||Mertens Racing|
|2009||Australian Mini Challenge||7th||Mini JCW R56||Bargwanna Motorsport|
|2011||Australian Suzuki Swift Series||14th||Suzuki Swift Sport RS||Trans-Tasman Motorsport|
|2012||Australian Suzuki Swift Series||15th||Suzuki Swift Sport RS||Trans-Tasman Motorsport|
|2013||Australian GT Challenge||2nd||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup||McElra Racing|
† Team Result
|1991/2||Australian AUSCAR Championship||22nd||Holden Commodore VN||Fastrack|
|2006/7||PCR Street Stock Championship||26th||Holden Commodore VS||BCM|
|2007||RSA Australian Street Stock Championship||43rd||Holden Commodore VS||BCM|
|2010/11||Tyrepower Sydney Speedway Wingless Sprint Championship||38th||Gambler Holden||Fortec|
|2011||New South Wales Tri-Series Wingless Sprint Championship||40th||Gambler Holden||Fortec|
|Arklatex Speedway Factory Stock Championship||18th||Oldsmobile Cutlass||Shreveport Racing|
|2012||Arklatex Speedway Factory Stock Championship||51st||Oldsmobile Cutlass||Shreveport Racing|
|2013||Boothill Speedway Factory Stock Championship||2nd||Oldsmobile Cutlass||Shreveport Racing|
|Arklatex Speedway Factory Stock Championship||11th||Oldsmobile Cutlass||Shreveport Racing|
Australian GT results
|2012||McElrea Racing||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup||GT Challenge||ADE
|2013||McElrea Racing||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup||GT Challenge||BAT
|Date of birth||27 December 1970|
|Place of birth||Belmont, Australia|
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (192 lb)'s|
|University||University of Sydney|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
Cook played both rugby league and rugby union in his early years as a utility back. Starting in league he represented Group 3 and Central Coast Juniors before going to Barker College and playing seven years of union there where he also became a certified referee. After leaving Barker, he played for Singleton Pirates, representing NSW Country Under 21's in 2 games off the bench in 1989 thanks to his family ties with Phil Hawthorne, before leaving for Europe. In 1990 after returning from Europe, he played for Sydney University Colts and at the end of 1990 Oak Bay Castaways-Wanderers in Canada. At the end of the 1992 season he switched to rugby league playing in the 1992 Pacific Cup for Norfolk Island. In 2005 he played a season in Manawatu, New Zealand. He retired from rugby after a knee injury.
Cook's parents were hotel owners, and he and his four sisters had a nomadic lifestyle. Thus he went to boarding school at Barker College and then Sydney University. He is married to Kim (2001), has one son Jenson (2004) and a daughter Mollie (2007) and now lives in the Brisbane suburb of The Gap. His farther is John Cook. He is also a member of the Wiradjuri people.
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