Josh Cook: “I knew I had to deliver” late in qualifying

Josh Cook: “I knew I had to deliver” late in qualifying

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Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook says he ‘had to deliver’ late on in qualifying as he had little running in the session before it was red flagged.

The polesitter had shown strong pace throughout the day, placing second in opening practice before topping the following session.

Cook had completed a handful of laps before qualifying was red flagged with seven minutes remaining, due to Aiden Moffat’s Mercedes A-Class going off at Goddards.

With a last-gasp lap edging out BTC Norlin’s Chris Smiley by 0.030s, Cook told TouringCars.Net he knew he had to make his laps count in the dying moments of the session.

I was quite late for my second set of tyres, so I’d actually gone out and only done maybe one or two laps when the red flag came out so I hadn’t actually had time to push,” explained Cook.

“So I knew that when I went back out we’d have to deliver fairly quickly because we only had a couple of laps. And I managed to put it together.

“I still have to convert it in the race, that’s what counts. Credit to the guys it wasn’t a shock that we had the pace we just had to deliver it.”

With damp weather causing slippery conditions throughout the day at the Leicestershire circuit, Cook insists he has no preference with regards to weather for tomorrow’s races.

“It makes no difference to me. I love this place in the dry, turns out we’re pretty handy in the wet around here as well.

“Looking forward to it – whatever it throws at us tomorrow we’re going to be ready for it.”