Cook storms from eighth to first in the blink of an eye

23rd June 2024

Josh Cook produced one of the finest opening laps in recent memory as the LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ driver blitzed from eighth on the grid to lead Round 14 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park.

Running the Goodyear soft tyre, Cook avoided a melee at turn one that left Team BMW's Adam Morgan stranded in the middle of the circuit, and he was soon running around the outside of the leading quartet at the hairpin.

Now up to second, race one winner Tom Ingram simply had no answer as Cook's #66 Toyota sliced down the inside on the Hyundai before the gaggle of cars had even reached the start/finish line for the first time.

Cook gradually edged clear of the pack to take his first win in Toyota machinery, ahead of Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS' Ingram, whilst the scrap for the final place on the podium turned one way and then the other.

The triumph for Cook also represented his first win since Thruxton in 2022 and the 19th victory of his BTCC career so far.

NAPA Racing UK's problems with flailing bodywork reared its head again, this time hitting Ash Sutton's #1 machine, forcing the reigning champ to pit and drop from third to the rear of the order.

The issue looked to have handed team-mate Dan Cammish a fifth successive podium, but Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport's Jake Hill had other ideas as he fired his BMW around the outside of the #27 car on the final lap of the race.

The Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing duo of Árón Taylor-Smith and Mikey Doble were fifth and sixth respectively, as the Vauxhall Astra team continue to dominate the Independents honours. There was a further boost post-race when the reverse grid draw confirmed an all-Vauxhall front row for the finale later this afternoon.

Team BMW's Colin Turkington began his fightback in fine style - having faced clutch issues in race one – as the four-time champion surged from the back to take seventh, ahead of hugely impressive runs from Chris Smiley, Dan Rowbottom and Daryl DeLeon

The results were a huge boost for the rookie Restart Racing outfit, with Smiley scoring the team's best result of the season so far.

Josh Cook said: “It’s nice to be back winning races. It makes it a lot easier when you’re on the soft tyres and those around you are on the hards. I got off to a really good start on lap one and the doors just opened up around me, and I ended up in a good position. I got my head down and just focussed on banging in some quick laps. It probably wasn’t overly interesting to watch, but I’ll take that any time and congratulations to everyone in the team.”

Oulton Park – Race 2 – Final Classification

166Josh COOKLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ1521:52.5941:26.0587
280Tom INGRAMTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1522:00.6108.0161:26.7293
324Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport1522:02.4739.8791:26.8772
427Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK1522:03.02410.431:26.4884
540Árón TAYLOR-SMITHEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing1522:03.45010.8561:26.5302
688Mikey DOBLEEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing1522:04.04611.4521:26.3332
720Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMW1522:04.79112.1971:26.5473
8222Chris SMILEYRestart Racing1522:06.01413.421:26.2002
932Daniel ROWBOTTOMNAPA Racing UK1522:07.29914.7051:27.0472
1011Andrew WATSONTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK1522:11.56618.9721:26.6233
1112Rob HUFFTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK1522:12.49019.8961:26.4402
1218Daryl DELEONDuckhams Racing With Bartercard1522:12.67820.0841:26.4932
1314Ronan PEARSONTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1522:19.70527.1111:26.8916
1429Scott SUMPTONRestart Racing1522:22.16129.5671:27.1076
1577Sam OSBORNENAPA Racing UK1522:25.60533.0111:26.3523
161Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK1522:39.14246.5481:26.9324
1733Adam MORGANTeam BMW1522:51.15858.5641:26.7844
1822Nick HALSTEADTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1523:00.0071:07.4131:28.9195
DNF3Tom CHILTONTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS710:30.7588 Laps1:26.7543
DNF16Aiden MOFFATLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ38:10.07612 Laps1:37.0511 © 2024
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