BTC’s Josh Cook leads the British Touring Car Championship standings after three stunning races at Brands Hatch!
In a race which was decided by tyres, Josh Cook took the first win in the 2019 BTCC Championship after deciding to start on dry tyres along with 7 other drivers including Jake Hill, Tom Chilton and Aiden Moffat.
Polesitter Ash Sutton had a strong race but was on the wet tyres and finished a staggering 43 seconds behind Cook in 9th position! Jason Plato had an absolute nightmare after being given a drive through penalty for being too far ahead of his grid-slot, he finished in a very disappointing 25th position.
Hard racing had a very strong race with Bobby Thompson in a brilliant 6th, Jack Goff in 11th and Michael Cress in 12th!
West Surrey Racing showed the BTCC field the pace of their new 3 series with a stunning victory for Andrew Jordan! Jordan started from 15th on the grid and had a great battle with Ash Sutton for the win.
The Subaru still looks desperately slow in a straight-line and was the reason why Sutton couldn’t defend for too long against Jordan’s BMW. Despite being on the slower tyres with a slow engine, Sutton managed to just hold off Adam Morgan by a couple of thousandths of a second!
Jake Hill took yet another great result in 4th position and Stephen Jelly bringing home a very solid 6th position! Matt Neal came home 11th and got the reverse grid pole!
Rory Butcher managed to make it 3 winners out of 3 races after Tom Chilton was handed a five-second time penalty for his incident with Matt Neal in the early stages.
Chilton fought well with Matt Neal in the earlier stages as the pair battled for the race lead. However, Neal was on the soft tyres and after the trends in race 2, Chilton knew Neal wouldn’t be able to fight with him the whole distance.
It looked like Neal was going to take a podium but left rear damage meant he had to limp home in 8th position. After a rotten 2018, Stephen Jelly managed to take 3rd after a superb start on the line!
Ash Sutton was in the mix for the podium, in the earlier stages but contact with Jake Hill ruined both of their races and both of them finished pointless.
Defending champion, Colin Turkington had a very quiet weekend but managed to finish in 5th ahead of his new teammate Tom Oliphant.
BTC Racing had yet another strong race with Josh Cook finishing in 4th and Chris Smiley finishing in 7th.
All of the results mean that Josh Cook leads the championship by 1 point ahead of Tom Chilton with Stephen Jelly 7 points behind the Motorbase driver in 3rd.
The British Touring Car Championship returns in 3 weeks time at Donington Park.
Article by Ollie Cassidy