BTCC: Cook takes the win from pole at Croft

Josh Cook took his second win in the 2020 season from pole position at Round 19 of the British Touring Car Championship, at Croft Circuit.

After feeling unwell overnight, Jac Constable had withdrawn from all of the races this weekend on medical grounds.

Track conditions were dry ahead of the 15 lap race.

Josh Cook started strongly to maintain his position from pole but was challenged from Jake Hill in his older FK2 Civic Type R variant.

Hill also battled Turkington into the first few corners as they briefly jostled for second, but Hill was set on a charge on Josh as they fought side-by-side.

Ash Sutton was sent into a 360-degree spin as he was tagged by Butcher (who tried to pass Tom Oliphant) and fell outside the top-10.

By the fifth lap, the battle at the front was heated with Jake Hill setting a string of outright fastest lap times behind Cook, and Turkington watched closely in P3.

Sutton began his charge up the field, getting into the top-10 at the end of the fifth lap after a series of repeated moves at the hairpin.

He got himself into eighth after a hairpin move on Adam Morgan’s Mercedes, all whilst carrying the maximum 60 Kg ballast.

By the tenth lap, Sutton mixed himself into the midfield battle from fifth to eighth: Tom Chilton, Bobby Thompson, and Matt Neal.

Sutton made another move into the hairpin to pass Neal, and later getting Thompson’s Audi S3.

Chilton defended his fifth place from Sutton, preventing him to pull off a desired move at the hairpin by defending the inside line.

On lap 13, Sutton eventually broke past Chilton’s strong defence and got into fifth position.

As Jack Butel retired, his first in his debut season, Tom Ingram had also been on a charge after his disqualification in qualifying.

By the end of the race, he pulled himself from 24th into 13th, gaining a total 11 places with his 45 Kg ballast.

Cook controlled the race to take his second win of 2020 for BTC Racing, ahead of Hill and Turkington.

Turkington’s third place meant he was still close with Sutton’s lead in the drivers’ standings.

In fourth was Rory Butcher, who lived a quiet race since his drama with Sutton at the beginning. After the race, he received a two second penalty for tagging Sutton.

Ash Sutton concluded his Race 1 climb to finish in fifth, still granting himself an active championship fight after being promoted to fourth.

In sixth and seventh positions were Chilton and Neal, who were ahead of Thompson.

Adam Morgan finished in ninth and Dan Cammish rounded off the top-10 finishers.

Nicolas Hamilton and Sam Osborne retired into the pits earlier on, at laps six and four.