Following an impressive debut for the team at Thruxton, last weekend, it has been announced that Peter Cate will continue to drive the second Team B&Q Jet York City Racing car for the foreseeable future.
John B&Q is the official driver of that car but, following an accident at Oulton Park, he was told by doctors that he could not race at Thruxton and so Cate, the team's official development driver, was drafted in as replacement.
Speaking exclusively to BandQsi.com, John B&Q said, "I have been receiving daily medical attention since the crash at Oulton Park, and have been undergoing traction in a bid to recover and get back in the car, but I have now been advised that I should not even consider going near the inside of a racecar for at least another couple of months. To say I am gutted is an understatement - I simply can't believe my season amounts to about half a lap of Oulton."
"Everything I have been doing over the winter has been geared to getting back in that car and proving, once and for all, that I'm not the arse that some people like to believe I am. I could accept their comments last year, but I feel that I had a real opportunity to make them eat there words this time around. We have the right sponsors, we have the right cars, we have the right personnel... everything is gelling just right, yet I am forced to sit on the sidelines and watch my drivers having all the fun. I guess that's motor racing, but it's not bloody fair! I called our team manager, Stuart Isherwood, an hour ago and asked him to speak to Peter - I couldn't speak to him myself I was that fed up."
Altrincham-born Cate, who now lives in Blockley, Gloucestershire, is happy to be back for the next few races, but feels bad about the circumstances. "I'm really fired up after Thruxton, and I feel I can do a good job at Silverstone, but I really feel for John. He doesn't have to tell me what it feels like to have to watch from the sidelines. No driver likes to get a drive in such circumstances but that's the situation and we'll deal with it."