Josh Cook dominates opening British Touring Car race at Thruxton

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook took a commanding victory in the opening British Touring Car race at Thruxton ahead of Jake Hill.

The Honda Civic driver, who now sits third in the Drivers Standings, got the better of Daniel Rowbottom and Jake Hill on the first lap of the race and didn’t look back to continue his fine form at the Hampshire circuit.

Rowbottom, who had started the race from pole, found himself pushed down the field by the midpoint of the opening lap after both Hill and Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant also both managed to get past the Halfords Racing With Cataclean driver after he was forced wide when Cook overtook him.

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A busy opening lap also then saw Oliphant, who was second, overtaken by Hill in a fine move around the outside going into the chicane at the end of lap one.

With the top three then quickly getting away from the rest of the pack, Rowbottom soon found himself under pressure from Toyota GAZOO Racing UK’s Rory Butcher, with the Scottish driver attempting several moves over the next few laps.

With the pair battling among themselves, this enabled both Adam Morgan and a flying Ash Sutton to both close up behind, with the championship leader eventually making the most of Butcher overtaking the Honda driver on lap nine to then force his way past and move into fifth.

The late stages of the race then saw Butcher, who was carrying no weight aboard his Toyota Corolla, manage to hold off Sutton, with the Infiniti driver now extending his championship lead to 19 points ahead of Tom Ingram after finishing fifth.

Seventh and eighth went to Morgan and Senna Proctor while Jason Plato finally got the better of Ingram at the chicane on the penultimate lap to take ninth.

Plato’s teammate Dan Lloyd, who had been given a five second time penalty for starting the race out of position, ended race one 11th after his penalty was applied.

Championship rivals Colin Turkington and Gordon Shedden both couldn’t force their way forward during the opening race of the weekend, with the pair ending the race in 12th and 13th respectively, despite Turkington trying his hardest to get past Ingram on the final lap.

Further down the field, both Paul Rivett in the Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus and Nicolas Hamilton in the ROKIT Racing with iQuoto Trading CUPRA suffered high speed spins at the Hampshire circuit meaning both cars were forced to visit the pitlane.

Race two at Thruxton is set to take place later today at 14:15.

 

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 20:37.012 1:16.260 3
2 24 M Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 16 1.360 1:16.322 2
3 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 3.740 1:16.454 5
4 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 16 5.847 1:16.763 4
5 1 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 6.506 1:16.805 7
6 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 16 9.260 1:16.748 1
7 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 16 10.617 1:16.852 6
8 18 I Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 12.144 1:16.959 10
9 11 I Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 14.511 1:16.786 11
10 80 I Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 15.970 1:17.199 12
11 123 I Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 16.635 1:16.832 8
12 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 16.667 1:17.097 9
13 52 I Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 16 17.480 1:17.355 14
14 3 I Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 16 17.845 1:17.426 13
15 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 18.535 1:17.453 15
16 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 21.375 1:17.150 18
17 22 I Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 21.659 1:17.169 16
18 48 M Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 16 22.165 1:17.504 20
19 96 I Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 23.507 1:17.281 22
20 31 I Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 16 23.983 1:17.463 17
21 99 I Jade EDWARDS PHSC with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 24.259 1:17.456 19
22 4 M Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 16 31.014 1:17.152 27
23 19 I Jack MITCHELL Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 16 33.060 1:17.790 25
24 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 35.373 1:17.761 26
25 62 I Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 35.696 1:18.009 28
26 23 M Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 15 + 1 LAP 1:17.438 24
27 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 15 + 1 LAP 1:17.406 21
28 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 15 + 1 LAP 1:19.303 29
29 20 20 Paul RIVETT Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 15 + 1 LAP 1:17.158 23
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