Josh Cook admits he could have challenged for pole position in the penultimate qualifying session of the British Touring Car Championship season at Silverstone, if not hampered by traffic as the session resumed following red flags five minutes from the end.
Pole position eventually went the way of Cook’s MG team-mate Ashley Sutton, as the duo demonstrated once again the continued strength of the MG6 package in the series. With several of the championship contenders struggling, the two came close to repeating their front-row lockout from Donington Park, but ultimately Cook was denied by Tom Ingram by a tenth of a second.
The former Clio Cup ace and reigning Jack Sears Trophy winner admitted following the session that he felt pole had been within reach, if not for congestion on circuit following the session’s restart.
“I think I left a little bit on the table there.” admitted Cook.
“A few times I was up on my best but there was a lot of traffic in that five minute dash that cost us.”
“Nobody was going to get out of the way for each other while they were battling to better their times.”
Regardless of the result, Cook felt the MG demonstrated a strong race pace during the two practice sessions earlier today and is confident of improving during tomorrow’s triple-header of contests.
“We had good race pace in practice and I am disappointed to miss out on the front row but I’ll take it and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”