Josh Cook wins as Colin Turkington leads championship

Josh Cook storms through to take his fifth British Touring Car Championship victory of the season, and his 10th Thruxton win.

Colin Turkington, who finished second, leaves Thruxton top of the championship standings.

A slow start for Michael Crees allowed Cook to jump forward to third off the line. He then made short work of Turkington and closed onto the back of pole sitter Stephen Jelley.

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It took slightly longer for Cook to find a way past Jelley, but soon moved through to the race lead. Jelley let his team-mate come through, allowing Turkington to challenge Cook for the race lead.

Little challenge came from Turkington, however. Cook gradually edged out a gap of almost three seconds, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. Turkington began to close in slightly in the final laps but was still 2.662s back. Jelley finished a distant third to score his first podium finish since Oulton Park.

Turkington’s closest title rival had a strong climb up through the order. Sutton started 11th but swiftly moved up through the order. He had made it up to P5 when he met Rory Butcher. Butcher spent the second half of the race defending against Sutton and wouldn’t be able to shake him until the final lap. On the final lap, Sutton began to slow slightly, almost falling back into the clutches of Dan Rowbottom, but managed take the chequered flag fifth.

Tom Ingram and Jake Hill, who came into the race joint on points, both had difficult races.

Ingram’s race started strong, but he slipped backwards as the race progressed. After dropping behind Sutton, he had Rowbottom and Michael Crees to contend with. Rowbottom managed to make a move done up the inside as they approached the final chicane. Crees tried to follow Rowbottom through, but Ingram shut the door in time and finished P7.

Hill had an off early on and dropped outside the top 10. He then spent the rest of the race trying to recover. Ricky Collard put up a strong challenge and almost managed to hold Hill off. Hill would eventually come through to take P12.

Hill wasn’t the only one to suffer an off. Sam Osborne came to a stop on track early on, while Jason Plato was forced to pit with a puncture and damage. Late in the race, Adam Morgan and Ash Hand were battling for position the pair made contact. Hand tried to go up the inside of Morgan, but hit the rear of the BMW and both were sent into a spin.

Gordon Shedden and Dan Cammish couldn’t match Sutton’s charge through the order, finishing 9th and 10th respectively, ahead of Dan Lloyd, Hill and Collard.

Ollie Jackson and Jack Butel completed the points paying positions, Butel earning his first point of the season.

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 66 I Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 18:17.311 1:16.529 4
2 50 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 14 2.682 1:16.965 2
3 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 14 4.844 1:17.160 1
4 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 14 6.043 1:16.834 7
5 1 M Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 14 7.854 1:17.038 11
6 32 M Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 14 8.179 1:17.462 5
7 80 M Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 14 10.813 1:17.383 6
8 777 I Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 11.035 1:17.008 3
9 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 14 12.034 1:17.639 9
10 9 M Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 14 12.766 1:17.672 10
11 123 M Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 14 13.957 1:17.406 13
12 24 M Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 14 14.197 1:16.872 8
13 21 M Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 14 14.660 1:17.331 15
14 48 M Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 14 21.752 1:18.137 17
15 96 M Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 14 23.879 1:17.948 21
16 3 M Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 14 24.872 1:17.481 22
17 97 I Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 27.776 1:16.823 28
18 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 14 28.755 1:18.493 25
19 17 I Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 14 30.877 1:18.457 29
20 15 I Tom OLIPHANT Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 14 30.993 1:18.233 24
21 99 I Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 31.554 1:18.479 23
22 62 I Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 14 48.937 1:18.748 26
23 19 I Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 13 1 Lap 1:17.385 12
R 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 13 DNF 1:17.386 14
R 11 I Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 8 DNF 1:17.049 18
R 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 7 DNF 1:18.552 16
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 6 DNF 1:19.110 27
R 42 I George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 2 DNF 1:28.742 19
R 77 M Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 1 DNF 1:30.152 20
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