Josh Cook headed home team-mate Tom Chilton to secure a memorable 1-2 result for BTC Racing in the final British Touring Car Championship contest at Thruxton.
Starting from reverse grid pole, Cook maintained position from the start alongside Chilton as the pair blocked the fast-starting BMW of Tom Oliphant, before the latter lost out through the complex to Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher.
The Scot would hold on to the podium position in his new-for-2020 Ford Focus ST after soaking up pressure from 2017 champion Ash Sutton, who in turn was forced to defend from double race winner Tom Ingram who continued his blistering pace around the 2.4-mile circuit despite carrying maximum ballast.
Sutton went for an ambitious move on Butcher around the outside of the complex on the final tour, but ran wide on the marbles, allowing Ingram to draw alongside into Noble before Sutton closed the door into Goodwood and maintained fourth position.
Out front, Cook eventually extended his advantage over Chilton to over 3.4 seconds at the flag, providing the squad with their first victory of the season after Cook was excluded from his win on-the-road at Oulton Park.
Second row starter Tom Oliphant struggled to recover after falling back on the opening lap and would eventually come home sixth ahead of double podium finisher Matt Neal, while former championship leader Colin Turkington managed eighth from 13th on the grid.
The reigning champion brought home his best finish of the day in the final encounter ahead of Jake Hill – another driver who was forced to recover throughout the day after a DNF in race one – while Dan Cammish completed the top ten runners.
Cammish, who qualified on pole for race one before securing a double podium result, was initially battling with Turkington before dropping back and losing multiple spots on the third tour before holding station to the flag.
Power Maxed Racing’s Rob Austin managed another solid points finish on his return to the series in the Vauxhall Astra, keeping his nose clean ahead of Senna Proctor’s Hyundai i30 Fastback N.
Ollie Jackson came home in 13th in the second of the Motorbase Fords, while Jack Goff’s battle-scarred Volkswagen finished 14th ahead of Bobby Thompson in the final points-paying position in 15th.
The result extends Sutton’s advantage at the top of the standings, with a 16 point gap back to erstwhile leader Turkington, while Ingram has jumped up to third by virtue of his strong results as the championship heads to Silverstone next weekend.
|1||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||16||20:46.420||1:16.829||1|
|2||3||I||Tom CHILTON||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||16||3.475||1:16.875||2|
|3||6||I||Rory BUTCHER||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||16||4.397||1:17.179||4|
|4||116||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||16||5.096||1:16.903||5|
|5||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||16||5.628||1:17.107||8|
|6||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||16||7.119||1:17.373||3|
|7||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||16||7.451||1:17.322||6|
|8||1||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||16||8.447||1:16.849||13|
|9||24||I||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||16||8.912||1:17.184||11|
|10||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||16||9.629||1:17.418||7|
|11||10||I||Rob AUSTIN||Power Maxed Car Care Racing||Vauxhall Astra||16||10.345||1:17.495||12|
|12||18||I||Senna PROCTOR||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||16||13.729||1:17.232||10|
|13||48||I||Ollie JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||16||14.270||1:17.496||14|
|14||31||I||Jack GOFF||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||16||16.000||1:17.808||15|
|15||19||I||Bobby THOMPSON||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||16||17.849||1:17.704||25|
|16||22||I||Chris SMILEY||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||16||22.384||1:17.457||16|
|17||12||I||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||16||23.032||1:17.950||17|
|18||32||I||Adam MORGAN||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||16||28.005||1:17.069||24|
|19||44||I||Andy NEATE||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||16||30.904||1:17.628||23|
|20||32||I||Jack BUTEL||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||16||31.263||1:18.008||20|
|21||8||I||Tom ONSLOW-COLE||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||16||35.369||1:18.343||21|
|22||777||I||Michael CREES||The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||16||35.560||1:17.277||9|
|23||4||I||Sam OSBORNE||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||16||35.595||1:18.060||22|
|R||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||10||DNF||1:18.153||18|
|R||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with Team HARD.||Volkswagen CC||1||DNF||N/A||27|
|R||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||Team HARD.||BMW 125i M Sport||1||DNF||N/A||19|
|NS||180||I||James GORNALL||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||–||DNS||N/A||26|