Rookie award to Gisborne’s Cook at Speedweek

Cook finished seventh overall out of field of 22.

Cook finished seventh overall out of field of 22.

TOP ROOKIE: Ethan Cook (76G) from Gisborne Speedway Club was named top rookie of the Valvoline saloon car series over New Year. He is pictured duelling with Hawke’s Bay’s Josh Smith (27B) at a meeting in Gisborne in November. Picture by Aaron Lum


GISBORNE saloon car racer Ethan Cook made a meritorious entrance at the Valvoline Speedweek series over New Year and was named the top rookie driver.

Valvoline Speedweek was raced over six consecutive nights. Cook, in his 76G car, finished seventh overall out of a field of 22 cars.

Mount Maunganui’s Chris Cowling won the overall title.

The series started in Stratford on December 26 then moved to Palmerston North, Napier, Rotorua, Tauranga and finally Huntly on New Year’s Eve.

Cook was also fifth in the best pairs component of the series.

“Being named rookie driver of the series was awesome,” he said.

“It was a goal of mine. Drivers are invited to participate in the Valvoline event so it was an honour to be invited to race in it.”

His car ran really well he said.

“I had a bit of damage at one stage early on, which put me back on the overall points table, but thanks to my crew we overcame that and moved up the table.”

Cook’s brother Daniel was trackside for most of the rounds.

“Ethan drove really well and he stood out from the rest in terms of rookie of the series,” Daniel said.

“He got caught up in the mistakes a few other drivers made in the first rounds but he came home strong in the final three rounds.”

Ethan won three races across the series.

He finished the Huntly round in second place overall and was top qualifier at the Meeanee Speedway round in Hawke’s Bay.

“We are now preparing for the New Zealand saloon car championships at BayPark in Tauranga on January 14.”

Daniel Cook hopes to rejoin his brother on the track for the North Island championships in Hawke’s Bay in February.

The next meeting at the Eastland Group Raceway is on January 14.


GISBORNE saloon car racer Ethan Cook made a meritorious entrance at the Valvoline Speedweek series over New Year and was named the top rookie driver.

Valvoline Speedweek was raced over six consecutive nights. Cook, in his 76G car, finished seventh overall out of a field of 22 cars.

Mount Maunganui’s Chris Cowling won the overall title.

The series started in Stratford on December 26 then moved to Palmerston North, Napier, Rotorua, Tauranga and finally Huntly on New Year’s Eve.

Cook was also fifth in the best pairs component of the series.

“Being named rookie driver of the series was awesome,” he said.

“It was a goal of mine. Drivers are invited to participate in the Valvoline event so it was an honour to be invited to race in it.”

His car ran really well he said.

“I had a bit of damage at one stage early on, which put me back on the overall points table, but thanks to my crew we overcame that and moved up the table.”

Cook’s brother Daniel was trackside for most of the rounds.

“Ethan drove really well and he stood out from the rest in terms of rookie of the series,” Daniel said.

“He got caught up in the mistakes a few other drivers made in the first rounds but he came home strong in the final three rounds.”

Ethan won three races across the series.

He finished the Huntly round in second place overall and was top qualifier at the Meeanee Speedway round in Hawke’s Bay.

“We are now preparing for the New Zealand saloon car championships at BayPark in Tauranga on January 14.”

Daniel Cook hopes to rejoin his brother on the track for the North Island championships in Hawke’s Bay in February.

The next meeting at the Eastland Group Raceway is on January 14.

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