Josh Cook secures second victory of 2019 season in final Thruxton contest

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook scored his second victory of the season in race three of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton, after passing polesitter Ash Sutton in the opening corners.

Cook, who won the opening race of the 2019 season in mixed conditions at Brands Hatch, got ahead on the first lap and controlled the pace from AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher, who fended off late pressure from Ash Sutton.

The 2017 champion enjoyed a good launch in his rear-wheel drive Subaru Levorg before Cook fought back through the damp opening corner and switched back to get the move completed into Campbell to gain a lead he would not relinquish.

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Although he maintained the lead, Cook had to contend with two safety car restarts, the first after the opening lap as second-row starter Rob Collard spun at Campbell and the unsighted Adam Morgan collected him in a heavy hit.

The second safety car period was necessitated on lap eight as the recovering Collard battled with Rob Smith’s Excelr8 Motorsport MG, the latter spinning and collecting Carl Boardley before Church corner.

The result places Butcher as joint top of the Drivers’ Standings with reigning champion Colin Turkington also on 102 points, with double race winner Cook five points adrift.

In fourth position was Matt Neal, albeit just under three seconds adrift of third-placed Sutton after he managed to keep Tom Ingram’s Toyota Corolla behind at the flag.

Tom Oliphant came next in the best of the BMWs, enjoying a more straight-forward drive after two difficult previous races earlier in the day, while Jason Plato finished eighth to cap off a strong points haul from the Hampshire circuit.

Oliphant’s team-mate Turkington came within two tenths of Plato to finish ninth, with Aiden Moffat salvaging some points from a tricky weekend to round out the top ten in the final encounter.

Northern Irishman Chris Smiley battled hard to finish 11th, while Stephen Jelley’s older BMW 125i M Sport ended up 12th.

Motorbase’s Tom Chilton enjoyed a tight battle with Rob Collard and Senna Proctor to the flag, with the trio finishing in 13th, 14th and 15th positions respectively.

Andrew Jordan, who doubled up with two victories in the previous races, scored zero points in the final contest after Jelley pitched him into a spin on the exit of Cobb corner.

The next round of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship will take place at Croft on the weekend of the 15-16 June.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 28:30.020 1:16.592 2
2 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 19 0.420 1:16.904 5
3 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 19 0.894 1:16.838 1
4 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 3.786 1:16.953 7
5 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 19 4.468 1:17.091 4
6 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 5.510 1:17.078 9
7 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 19 6.012 1:17.130 14
8 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 6.466 1:17.072 8
9 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 19 6.728 1:17.131 10
10 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 11.326 1:17.529 17
11 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 11.679 1:17.304 15
12 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 12.112 1:17.466 18
13 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 12.826 1:17.184 25
14 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 13.115 1:17.317 3
15 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 19 13.511 1:17.268 16
16 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 15.609 1:17.899 30
17 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 19 16.493 1:17.339 11
18 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 19 17.280 1:17.547 12
19 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 19.707 1:17.507 21
20 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 19 23.297 1:18.587 22
21 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 19 32.064 1:19.174 27
22 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 19 43.032 1:19.202 26
23 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 19 1:14.546 1:19.053 20
24 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 18 1 Lap 1:18.559 28
R 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 DNF 1:18.171 24
R 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 8 DNF 1:18.908 23
R 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 7 DNF 1:20.471 29
R 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 6 DNF 1:18.414 6
R 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 0 DNF N/A 13
R 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 0 DNF N/A 19
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