Josh Cook surges forward to win for second consecutive meeting

Josh Cook surges forward to win for second consecutive meeting

Josh Cook
Photo: Still/PSP

Josh Cook claimed victory after scything through from the fifth row of the grid in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton.

Though Colin Turkington claimed an early lead from a slow-starting Matt Neal into Allard and soaked up pressure from a rapid Cook for several laps, he ultimately surrendered the lead to the Power Maxed Racing driver on the run up Woodham Hill, as did Matt Neal and Sam Tordoff for second and third respectively before him.

The Vauxhall Astra then powered clear, taking the chequered flag some 1.3 seconds clear.

The nature in which he passed BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan earlier in the race, however, ducking over the chicane as the pair ran side-by-side, could be looked at retrospectively by officials.

The result does mean, however, that Bath-based racer Cook assumes the championship lead by a 10-point margin, with Tom Ingram and Adam Morgan tied for second.

Neal did well to round out the podium with a full quota of success ballast on board for Halfords Yuasa Racing, though he lost touch with the lead fight and crossed the line nearly five seconds adrift.

Sam Tordoff claimed fourth and the Independents victory for the second successive race after an improved turn of form for the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS.

Senna Proctor highlighted the performance of the Astra with sixth, though ultimately couldn’t find a way past Jordan’s BMW 125i M Sport.

Adam Morgan and Jack Goff both made forward progress with lighter cars to seventh and eighth, with Tom Chilton and Chris Smiley rounding out the top ten.

Reigning champion Ash Sutton came next and was the only man to halt an absorbing charge from Ingram, who started dead last in the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis and took the chequered flag 12th, putting himself in the frame for the reverse grid draw.

The final race of the weekend in Hampshire gets underway at 17:15.

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 21:00.610 1:17.585 9
2 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1.325 1:17.937 2
3 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 5.285 1:17.919 1
4 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 16 6.287 1:18.047 4
5 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 6.595 1:17.956 6
6 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 7.005 1:17.743 7
7 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 7.419 1:17.823 14
8 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 16 7.816 1:17.752 13
9 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 9.114 1:18.105 5
10 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 10.203 1:17.800 10
11 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 11.049 1:17.995 15
12 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 12.177 1:17.963 32
13 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16 14.844 1:18.237 16
14 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 15.289 1:18.174 12
15 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 15.741 1:18.228 18
16 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 16.154 1:18.145 11
17 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 21.203 1:18.696 25
18 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 16 22.39 1:18.494 20
19 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 16 25.204 1:18.497 24
20 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 16 29.488 1:18.491 26
21 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 30.606 1:18.456 23
22 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 16 30.914 1:18.774 30
23 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 35.311 1:19.121 22
24 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 38.749 1:19.249 28
25 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 41.19 1:18.754 27
26 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:15.410 1:18.326 3
27 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 14 2 Laps 1:18.703 31
28 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 14 2 Laps 1:17.853 8
29 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 13 3 Laps 1:18.796 21
R 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 3 DNF 1:19.492 19
R 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 3 DNF 1:33.860 29
R 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2 DNF 1:19.734 17