Josh Cook takes commanding race two victory at Thruxton

Josh Cook takes commanding race two victory at Thruxton

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BTC Racing’s Josh Cook took a commanding victory in race two of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton after taking the lead early on and extending his advantage.

Polesitter Sam Tordoff got a brilliant getaway while fellow front-row starter Dan Cammish bogged down and dropped positions, but eventually the maximum ballast on Tordoff’s Honda took its toll and he fell backwards.

With race one podium finisher Adam Morgan pressurising for the lead on the exit of Church corner on lap four, Cook then capitalised by making use of the double tow and sweeping around the outside to take the lead into the Club chicane.

He then set about building a gap of around two seconds out front but had Morgan for company as the leading pair broke away from the chasing pack, which had been headed by Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant before the final lap.

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal enjoyed great progress in his Honda Civic to eventually steal the final podium position away from Oliphant with a fantastic move around the outside at the final chicane on the last lap.

He beat Oliphant to the rostrum by just 0.080s, while Neal’s team-mate Cammish made a strong recovery in a heavy Honda after his poor start.

Another strong finish from Rob Collard saw him come home sixth in the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall, while Andrew Jordan – who won two races here at Thruxton on the last visit in May – placed seventh ahead of Tom Ingram’s Toyota Corolla.

Reigning champion Colin Turkington was ninth in his BMW 330i M Sport, while race one winner Sam Tordoff completed the top ten in the FK2 Honda Civic.

Ash Sutton’s Subaru Levorg would finish 11th despite a hairy moment on the exit of Goodwood where he was forced to slam on the brakes, locking up to avoid a spin.

Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton enjoyed a tight battle with Jason Plato for 12th, while AmD Tuning stablemates Rory Butcher and Jake Hill rounded out the top 15.

The final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Thruxton is scheduled to get underway at 17:25 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 20:55.108 1:17.228 4
2 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1.973 1:17.291 3
3 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 8.360 1:17.889 8
4 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 8.440 1:17.541 5
5 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 9.022 1:17.610 2
6 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 9.608 1:17.472 6
7 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 16 10.082 1:17.978 12
8 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 16 10.666 1:17.938 11
9 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 10.823 1:17.883 13
10 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 16 13.823 1:17.870 1
11 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 13.917 1:17.841 9
12 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 14.388 1:17.698 22
13 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 15.272 1:17.889 17
14 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 16 15.782 1:17.797 7
15 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 15.935 1:18.083 16
16 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 19.060 1:18.294 19
17 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 19.871 1:18.008 21
18 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 20.370 1:17.875 15
19 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 22.848 1:18.157 24
20 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 23.483 1:17.933 20
21 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 23.732 1:17.902 10
22 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 28.647 1:18.082 14
23 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 31.178 1:19.052 25
24 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 32.127 1:18.401 18
25 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 35.956 1:19.056 23
26 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 38.793 1:19.211 27
27 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 16 40.558 1:19.156 26
28 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 43.805 1:19.905 28
29 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 52.412 1:18.103 29
30 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 15 1 Lap 1:18.947 30
BTCC points deficit after Round 20
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