Josh Cook repeats Thruxton success with Race 2 win
Josh Cook repeated his success from earlier in the season with victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Thruxton.
The BTC Racing man had started the race from the second row of of the grid but a solid start when the race kicked off saw him jump ahead of Dan Cammish into third behind polesitter Sam Tordoff and the Mercedes of Adam Morgan.
The top three ran together until the fourth lap when both Morgan and Cook got a run on Tordoff’s ballast-heavy Honda Civic on the run up Woodham Hill, with Cook taking the outside line and getting ahead of both drivers into the lead.
From there, Cook wasn’t headed as he edged away from Morgan to secure victory, with the Ciceley driver following him home in second for his second podium of the weekend.
As Tordoff dropped back down the order, third looked set to go to Tom Oliphant in his BMW, but the West Surrey Racing man would lose out to Matt Neal when the Team Dynamics man managed to sneak ahead at the Chicane on the final lap – securing the final place on the podium.
Oliphant had to settle for fourth ahead of Cammish – who was left to rue his tough opening lap – and the Vauxhall of Rob Collard.
As had been the case in race one, Andrew Jordan was able to finish ahead of title rival Colin Turkington as he crossed the line seventh after a heated midfield battle, with the Toyota of Tom Ingram splitting the pair as Jordan brought the points gap down to 33.
Tordoff rounded out the top ten ahead of Ash Sutton, who survived a lurid slide at Village and a clash with former team-mate Jason Plato two laps from the end at the Complex.
Tom Chilton took twelfth to split the pair, with Rory Butcher and Jake Hill rounding out the points.
The reverse grid third race will be at 17:25 local time, with Collard on pole.