Josh Cook heads home Tom Chilton for BTC Racing 1-2 in final Thruxton contest

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.

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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.

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 20:46.420 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

BTCC points deficit after Round 15
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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