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BTCC Race 2: Cook doubles up at Brands Hatch

Sunday, May 15 2022

Josh Cook secured a double victory in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship with his second win of the day for Rich Energy BTC Racing in tricky conditions at Brands Hatch this afternoon (Sunday).

Cook led the entire race from start to finish, but it was a far from simple task for the Honda Civic Type R pilot to maintain his position at the head of the field. For much of the 24 laps, Cook was engaged in a fierce game of cat and mouse with Jake Hill, whose ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW loomed large in the rear view mirrors.

Hill himself had to fend of attention from those behind, namely Dan Cammish and Rory Butcher. During the early phase of the race, Butcher produced what appeared to be a superb opening to pass Hill at Paddock Hill Bend in his Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Corolla, but quickly found himself on the outside as Hill took the inside line into Druids. Cammish seized upon this to follow Hill in his NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus and after briefly holding second, Butcher found himself down in fourth.

With the early wheel-to-wheel battling out of the way, Hill set about bridging the gap to Cook in the lead and quickly found himself on the tail of the leader. Lap after lap, Hill appeared to have a slight pace advantage over Cook but he simply couldn't find a way past. With just a handful of laps remaining, Hill really ramped up the pressure, but he ran wide and had a small spin at Druids.

This gave Cook some breathing space to drive home to the chequered flag. Cammish prodiced a late run to try and force a mistake from Cook, but he wasn't quite close enough, and had to settle for second with Butcher completing the rostrum. After his on-circuit moment Hill managed to salvage seventh place, off the podium but still scoring points.

Ashley Sutton finished fourth, after coming out on top from an early-race battle royale between three drivers with a combined ten titles to their names alongside Gordon Shedden and Colin Turkington. Shedden wound up sixth by the close of the race, with Tom Ingram splitting the two three-time champions, whilst four-time title winner Turkington suffered a drop down the order to 10th. 

Daniel Lloyd and George Gamble were the other top-10 finishers, completing the race in eighth and ninth respectively.

Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Race 2, Brands Hatch

1. Josh Cook, Rich Energy BTC Racing, Honda, 24 laps
2. Dan Cammish, NAPA Racing UK, Ford, +0.253s
3. Rory Butcher, Toyota GAZOO Racing UK, Toyota, +0.932s
4. Ashley Sutton, NAPA Racing UK, Ford, +4.381s
5. Tom Ingram, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com, Hyundai, +7.185s
6. Gordon Shedden, Halfords Racing with Cataclean, Honda, +10.086s
7. Jake Hill, ROKiT MB Motorsport, BMW, +10.384s
8. Daniel Lloyd, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com, Hyundai, +10.889s
9. George Gamble, Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport, BMW, +11.965s
10. Colin Turkington, Team BMW, BMW, +12.666s

For full timings and results from this weekend, click here.