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Josh Cook took a second and consecutive victory at Round 20 of the British Touring Car Championship at Croft Circuit.

In an eventful second race of the day, the championship protagonists Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington faced troubles, narrowing down the gap to their championship rivals behind.

Josh Cook lead from the start ahead over Jake Hill, whilst Colin Turkington locked up on cold tyres, slightly clipping Hill’s rear, and ended up into the tyre barrier and out of the race.

Shortly after, Rory Butcher was seen going off into the infield grass at the chicane after minor contact on the rear of his Ford Focus ST.

These circumstances deployed a safety car for one lap (increasing the race distance to 16 laps), at which point saw Ingram climb five positions from 13th.

The battle with the front trio continued with Cook leading Hill and Sutton.

Matt Neal was behind in fourth defending off a fellow FK8 Civic Type R that was Chilton.

By the fifth lap, Sutton continued to push on Hill for second place as Rory Butcher did rejoin the race after pitting, setting the outright fastest lap time.

At the hairpin, Ash Sutton under-steered into Hill’s FK2 Civic and had to pit after quickly accumulating a front-right puncture.

Tom Ingram had continued his climb into sixth position and battled Chilton, in his 200th BTCC race.

By the tenth lap, Neal was challenging Hill for second position with Cook leading over two seconds clear of second place.

Just as Neal made a move on Hill at Sunny In, Ingram closed onto the back of Hill for the final spot on the podium.

By lap 14, the gap closed for the lead down to a second and Neal utilised the 24 Kg ballast compared to Cook’s 60 Kg.

The battle for the lead heated for the final two laps, as Cook fended off Neal in a nose-to-tail matter.

Neal eventually committed to an inside line into Sunny In, and pitted Cook slightly.

The BTCC veteran took the checkered flag ahead of a still charging Cook, but was given a 0.7s time penalty that swapped positions with Cook.

Hill rounded off the podium ahead of Ingram, Cammish, and Chilton.

In seventh position, was Tom Oliphant ahead of Bobby Thompson and Senna Proctor’s Hyundai.

Stephen Jelley rounded off the top-10 in his BMW.

Sutton finished in 20th position, but still leads the standings over a retired Turkington.

The reverse grid draw by Matt Neal will see Tom Chilton on pole position.

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