Just three weeks after securing his first British Touring Car Championship victory at Donington Park, Josh Cook secures his second victory with a great drive in race two from ninth on the grid. However, he may have some explaining to do after he missed the middle part of the chicane whilst overtaking Andrew Jordan setting the fastest lap in the process.
Colin Turkington got off to a great start from second on the grid and moved into the lead, as did Andrew Jordan who moved up to fourth from sixth.
Jack Goff passed Rob Collard up the inside as they headed into the Complex on lap two to grab thirteenth. After a great third place in race one, Dan Cammish was struggling with the increased weight in his Honda, running out wide and losing momentum up Woodham Hill, losing a few positions and dropping to tenth. Cammish was later hindered with a problem leading to him finishing all the way down in twenty-sixth.
Meanwhile, with only 15kg’s of weight on, Josh Cook was looking very quick and was making his way through the field passing Andrew Jordan in a controversial move through the chicane before getting passed Sam Tordoff, Matt Neal and Colin Turkington with all three being very similar moves, getting great drive and momentum up Woodham Hill and going around the outside into the chicane.
Cook’s teammate, Senna Proctor was also looking very quick and went up the inside of Tom Chilton as they run side by side through the Complex on lap four but couldn’t make the same progress as his teammate. Towards the end of the race, Adam Morgan was putting Proctor under big pressure but couldn’t get through and stayed seventh with Proctor finishing sixth. However, it may have been a blessing in disguise with the number seven being picked out for the reverse grid, putting Morgan on pole for race three later on.
Tom Ingram was also providing some great overtaking moves fighting his way back up to twelfth after starting thirty-second and dead last thanks to his DNF in the opening race.
After the race Josh Cook admitted, “That was the first time we’ve run around here this weekend with that weight. The car was on rails on the front axle, but the rear was moving around a bit so there was a lot of big sideways moments. Credit to the guys at Power Maxed, the Astra has been great all weekend, qualifying didn’t quite go our way, but we knew we had the pace. Those are the points we needed and when they’re available, we’ll take them. We just have to work out what we’re going to do for race three.”
Speaking on the overtake on Andrew Jordan at the chicane, Cook commented, “I went around the outside of about three cars there and Andrew’s (Jordan) the only one who pushed me wide. Not a lot I could do about it. He was obviously struggling for pace a little bit and I don’t think he liked me going around the outside so gave me a little touch. I don’t know if it was intentional or whether he locked up a little bit. I thought it was a fair move.”
Talking about the other three moves, he said, “We were really strong through Church and the minimum speed was really high, and we managed to carry good momentum up the back straight (Woodham Hill) and just had to be late on the brakes.”
Second place Colin Turkington admitted that, “When someone’s carrying less weight, it’s only so fast you can drive but great credit to team BMW, the car’s now better than it was in race one. To do that with an extra 57kg’s that we had, it’s a top job so it’s great to be back on the podium.”
He continued, “I couldn’t hold him (Josh Cook) back, I could have probably held on for another two laps but it’s not worth it when someone’s caught you that quickly. I was driving to the maximum but you have to be sensible as I wanted to score as many points as I could today.”
Third place Matt Neal said, “It actually wasn’t a bad start, just Colin (Turkington) got a better one and then I thought we could have a go at him. We were so evenly matched for speed, I get in a tow but lose it when I pull out of the slipstream. Josh just came past me like a train, he was on fire in that one! But I’m still pleased, I’m chuffed with another podium. It’s a shame Dan (Cammish) didn’t finish.”
Josh Cook now leads the Championship from Tom Ingram who’s ten points behind, level on points with Adam Morgan. Colin Turkington has moved up to fourth, Matt Neal up to sixth with Dan Cammish dropping to seventh after his DNF.
By Jordan Hollands
Pictures courtesy of the British Touring Car Championship