Josh Cook completes BTC Racing line-up

BTC Racing has confirmed the signing of Josh Cook to complete its line-up for the 2019 BTCC season.

The 27-year-old makes the switch the Honda squad having finished a career-high sixth in the standings last year with Power Maxed Racing – taking race wins at both Donington Park and Thruxton.

The former Jack Sears Trophy title winner replaces Dan Lloyd in the BTC line-up and said he felt the move would give him the best possible chance of success during the year ahead.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for me as there is huge potential for us to get some great results for BTC Racing in 2019 and beyond,” he said. “The Honda Civic is a car that I’ve wanted to race for some time and BTC Racing is undeniably a team that has made an impressive entry to the BTCC in the last two years.

“Having met with [co-owners] Steve Dudman, Bert Taylor and the team at their impressive new facilities in Brackley, it’s already very clear that we all share the same objectives and desire to succeed this season. They have all the personnel and resources to give me a great chance to be fighting for championship honours this year and give me my best chance to-date at becoming a BTCC champion.”

Team principal Bert Taylor said he was delighted to welcome Cook on-board and was confident that his partnership with Smiley was one that would succeed on track during the year ahead.

“I’ve known Josh from day one of his touring car career, where he has consistently shown the same passion and desire that we have here at BTC Racing to succeed,” he said. “He’s already a proven race winner and signing him for this season fits the team’s ethos of hard work at every level as we strive for success. Josh has all the credentials to be a future BTCC champion.

“As a team, we love being part of the BTCC. It’s a highly competitive championship, with lots of top-class drivers and teams. We are a small privately-run outfit, but we feel we can improve on last year and make 2019 an even more exciting season with our two drivers.”