Early break gives Josh Cook maiden BTCC race victory

Early break gives Josh Cook maiden BTCC race victory

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Power Maxed Racing continued a strong start to the 2018 British Touring Car Championship with victory in the opening race at Donington Park, courtesy of first-time winner Josh Cook.

Cook was briefly bested by the BTC Norlin Honda of Chris Smiley at Redgate on the opening tour of the circuit, but re-claimed the advantage heading down the Craner Curves and from there was never headed.

The theme of ‘firsts’ continued as Dan Cammish took his maiden podium for Halfords Yuasa Racing – and the first for the new Honda Civic Type R FK8 on domestic shores – with Aiden Moffat’s Mercedes A-Class rounding out the podium.

Front-row starter Smiley waned in the opening third of the race and ultimately came home seventh after being passed by Sam Tordoff, Brett Smith, James Cole and Matt Neal in succession.

The latter three filled positions fourth through sixth respectively at the chequered flag, though Tordoff was forced to retire from third with a mechanical problem in the dying embers.

Senna Proctor put in an impressive drive in the ballast-laden second Vauxhall to move from 15th to eighth.

Tom Oliphant was next, with Colin Turkington recovering after being pitched into a spin by Proctor down the Craners to round out the top ten in the BMW 125i M Sport.

Team-mate Rob Collard was 11th ahead of reigning champion Ash Sutton, the quickest of the Team BMR-run Subarus with Jason Plato 25th via the grass and Price 26th.

Both Jack Goff and Tom Ingram struggled on both the hard tyre and heaviest quotas of success ballast to 13th and 14th respectively.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Rob Austin rounded out the points paying positions in 15th.

The second race gets underway at 14:40.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 19:02.642 1:10.311 1
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 3.449 1:10.682 4
3 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 5.520 1:10.462 5
4 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 16 6.105 1:10.475 9
5 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 11.642 1:10.658 12
6 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 13.489 1:10.586 17
7 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 16.971 1:11.013 2
8 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 17.176 1:10.880 15
9 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 17.995 1:10.821 10
10 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 18.464 1:10.477 11
11 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 18.844 1:10.536 25
12 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 24.430 1:11.214 22
13 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 16 24.568 1:11.529 6
14 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 25.090 1:11.538 16
15 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16 25.466 1:11.421 20
16 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 16 25.896 1:10.990 29
17 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 16 32.319 1:11.201 31
18 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 32.778 1:11.649 7
19 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 33.948 1:11.265 27
20 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 16 34.207 1:11.278 24
21 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 34.209 1:10.775 30
22 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 16 34.382 1:11.166 19
23 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 34.610 1:11.571 13
24 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 16 35.287 1:11.677 32
25 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 36.096 1:11.155 21
26 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 36.791 1:11.522 26
27 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 16 44.410 1:10.858 28
28 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 45.900 1:11.597 18
29 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 55.721 1:10.174 8
30 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 + 1 LAP 1:11.685 23
31 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 + 2 LAPS 1:10.511 14
R 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 10 DNF 1:10.338 3