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Josh Cook: ‘The racing could really fizz at Donington this weekend’

Josh Cook is looking forward to taking on the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit this weekend, as the British Touring Car Championship returns to the layout for the first time in 21 years.

Although Cook has never raced on the longer loop in a touring car, he has strong form on the National variation of the track most commonly used in the BTCC.

In fact, Cook claimed his first-ever win in the BTCC at Donington in 2018 and has since claimed a further four podium finishes at the circuit. For the past two seasons, in his last six races at the track, Cook has never finished lower than eighth.

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With the 2.47-mile version of the circuit featuring more heavy braking thanks to the addition of two hairpin bends, it presents a different challenge to drivers, but one which Cook is relishing.

“While Donington is a very different prospect to the compact nature of Knockhill, it is a meeting I have been really looking forward to,” said 32-year-old Cook.

“It will be something new for everyone, and so the preparation work that the One Motorsport with Starline Racing team and myself can put in before we arrive will be crucial.

“While it might seem simple just to add a couple of corners onto a layout that we are already used to, there is a much bigger challenge than that under the surface.

“There are some heavy braking zones and acceleration zones which will make everyone rethink the set-up of the cars.

“You also have to take into account that more braking zones means more potential for overtaking, so the racing could really fizz at Donington this weekend.

“That will be great for fans and the ITV viewers but my only objective is outright wins so I hope that will all be happening in my rear-view mirrors.”

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