Josh Cook says he had ‘one goal in mind all season and that was the Drivers Championship’

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook admitted ‘there’s been some unfortunate times throughout the year’ as he ended up finishing the 2021 British Touring Car Championship in third place.

Cook, who won two of the three races at Brands Hatch in the final round of the season, remained in mathematical contention for the title going into the season finale at the Kent circuit, but ended up finishing behind Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington in the final standings.

“We had one goal in mind all season and that’s the Drivers Championship,” Cook told ITV on Sunday afternoon.

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“But I did what I could in that race (one). I needed to win it but with Ash scoring points it took us out of what was a far reach contention anyway.

“I’m really pleased to finish the year how we started. I think we proved the car is really good with weight in. I’m mega happy.”

Cook also went on to praise Swindon Engines – BTC have been using their equipment during the 2021 season – as they now bow out of the championship ahead of the hybrid regulations coming into the series next year.

“This year we swapped to Swindon engines who look after the TOCA engines,” added Cook as he spoke to ITV.

“A huge thank you to them. The pace we’ve had this year is not just from all the hard work the team has put in, but from Swindon as well, so a huge thanks to them.

“We opened it (the season) with a one-two on the first weekend and we finished it with a one-two and a front row lockout in qualifying.

“I’m over the moon for the team. We’ve worked really hard. There’s been some unfortunate times through the year but I think that shows the pace of the car and how well we know it now.”

Cook ended the final race of the year in fifth place behind the MB Motorsport with Blue Square Ford Focus of Jake Hill.

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