Josh Cook withstands heavy pressure to double up in race two

Josh Cook secured a second straight victory in the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, winning ahead of NAPA Racing’s Dan Cammish after Jake Hill spun out of second on the penultimate lap.

Cook held onto first at the start, whilst behind him the BMW of Hill shot into second, as both he and Toyota’s Rory Butcher made strong getaways from the lights to slot into second and third.

Hill then followed Cook for most of the race, keeping the leading BTC Racing Honda driver in a defensive mode for the duration of the race.

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On the penultimate lap, Hill again tried to find a way past Cook at Druids but he lost the rear of his BMW and spun, dropping to sixth.

That allowed Cammish into second, the Motorbase driver having again enjoyed strong late-race pace in his Ford Focus to come back from sixth on the opening lap to second, narrowly missing out on victory after running close to Cook on the last lap.

Butcher completed the podium, the Scot made a move on Hill for second at Paddock Hill Bend on the sixth tour, but then losing out at the following two corners to both the MB Motorsport driver and Cammish.

The Scot then ran in fourth for much of the race, until Hill’s spin promoted him into the final podium place.

Reigning champion Ash Sutton brought his Ford home in fourth, having like Cammish enjoyed strong late-race pace that saw him progress from a low of 11th early on.

Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden picked up another consistent points score in sixth, ahead of Hill in seventh, who lost out to the Honda driver on the final lap.

Behind Hill was the best Excelr8 Hyundai of Daniel Lloyd in eighth, with Ciceley Motorsport’s George Gamble and Team BMW’s Colin Turkington completing the top ten, the latter having slipped down the order in the opening laps before having to fight to hold position for the remainder of the race.

Bobby Thompson was once again the best Team HARD driver in 11th, whilst Excelr8’s Tom Chilton was 12th. Chilton has been randomly drawn to start the partially reversed-grid race three from pole position.

An early incident eliminated Power Maxed Racing’s Ash Hand and team-mate Michael Crees on the opening lap. Contact in the mid-pack sent the two Vauxhalls of Hand and Crees into each other, resulting in Crees bouncing into the barriers on the outside of Paddock Hill bend.

Crees continued, but only until lap seven. Also out on the opening lap were Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom and Laser Tools Racing’s Dexter Patterson.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan should have started from sixth on the grid but failed to take the start due to a gearbox issue on his BMW.

Race three is scheduled to get underway at 16:15 BST.

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP GD
1 66 I Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 21:48.632 53.647 1
2 9 M Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 24 0.253 53.112 3
3 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 0.932 52.762 7
4 1 M Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 24 4.381 52.657 9
5 80 M Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 7.185 53.087 2
6 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 24 10.086 53.505 8
7 24 M Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 10.384 53.575 4
8 123 M Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 10.889 53.088 15
9 42 I George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 11.965 53.731 14
10 50 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 24 12.666 53.172 5
11 19 I Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 24 13.032 53.260 16
12 3 M Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 13.558 53.257 13
13 11 I Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 17.57 53.577 17
14 48 M Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 24 18.143 53.648 23
15 99 I Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 18.316 53.251 18
16 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 24 22.026 53.866 21
17 21 M Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 23.999 53.673 26
18 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 24 24.900 54.073 20
19 96 M Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 25.117 54.074 19
20 77 M Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 24 31.305 53.596 24
21 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 24 38.800 53.740 27
22 62 I Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 24 39.506 54.026 28
23 20 I Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 23 1 Lap 55.725 29
24 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 21 3 Laps 53.609 22
R 777 I Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 7 DNF 55.154 12
R 32 M Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 10
R 97 I Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 0 DNF N/A 11
R 17 I Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 0 DNF N/A 25
NS 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport DNS N/A 6
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