Pete Cate


Record updated 09-May-06

Pete Cate
Having held strong ambitions to race from an early age, Peter has since competed in a wide range of cars and championships in the UK and Europe. His driving talent was first recognised at the highly-acclaimed Team Touraco race school at Cadwell Park where he won the much sought-after Testing Contract in 1987.

However, budget limitations meant there was no way to follow the likes of Mark Blundell or Kelvin Burt from Team Touraco to the big time, so Peter spent time as a mechanic in club racing, before purchasing a second-hand Alfa Sud race car. This was the start of a club racing career which resulted in several successful years in the Dunlop Alfa Romeo Championship.

"I actually realised on that last podium of 1995 that it was a defining moment in my driving career. I wanted to race against the best and to do that, I needed to step up to professional racing". Taking advice from Prodrive (who were at that time running the Alfa Romeo 155 BTCC cars), Peter set up a five year plan to get to the BTCC, and signed for the 1997 Ford Zetec Fiesta Championship. He raised eyebrows after finishing 2nd in only his first race, despite spending the whole of 1996 off the track looking for funds to make the step up. What is not widely known is the fact that he sold almost every possession, including his house, to make up the budget for that 1997 season.

Since then, Peter has hardly looked back. His progression through the ranks has been aided by results-related sponsorship deals which saw him achieve his initial ambition of racing in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 2001 and 2002. However, experiences with Endurance Racing and the British GT Championship in 2003 and 2004 have expanded Peter's horizons and his combination of speed, consistency and car-sympathy have led to great success with teams in this arena.