BTCC Thruxton – Cook wins race marred by first lap incident

Josh Cook secured his second win from two races with the race marred by a big first lap incident between three drivers.

Andy Neate, Glyn Geddie and Jade Edwards were all in a big shunt on lap one which caused a red flag. On the restart Dan Cammish surged into second to back up his temporary team mate with Jake Hill third.

The race was red flagged on lap one as Glyn Geddie, Jade Edwards and Andy Neate were involved in a first corner collision. Neate dove down the inside at turn one of Geddie and collided. They took Edwards with them as she was an innocent bystander on the outside. Geddie hit the wall and his car pirouetted and rolled and all three were out with considerable damage.

On the restart Hill got away badly, Cammish capitalized on it and moved into third. Into the complex Ingram was battling Cook for the lead with the pair making contact. As Ingram regained his composure Cammish snuck down the inside to take second.

The Safety Car was brought out when Rory Butcher started to spin in the high speed section. He went across the track, with drivers doing well to avoid him, before hitting the tyre wall at speed.

On lap six the race continued, with Dan Rowbottom pulling off a nice move on Ingram as he struggled with ballast in his Hyundai.

The top three pulled away from Jason Plato in fourth who was being caught by the charging Rowbottom. Having pitted, Ash Sutton surged back through the field, ending the race in ninth.

Rowbottom finally passed Plato on lap ten as he got the better of the veteran out of the final chicane for fourth place.

Josh Cook has won two races from two so far. (Image Credit: BTCC Media)

The top two were the quickest cars, with Cook taking his second win from two with Cammish playing a good team mate to back him up.

Hill finished third as his encouraging start to the season continues. Rowbottom secured his best ever BTCC finish with fourth and Plato came home fifth. Ingram and Turkington were next, followed by the Laser Tools duo of Moffat and Sutton. Tom Oliphant rounded off the top ten in his BMW.

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda Civic 23:06:411
2 Dan Cammish BTC Racing Honda Civic +0.234
3 Jake Hill MB Motorsport Ford Focus +1.625
4 Dan Rowbottom Halfords Racing Honda Civic +4.655
5 Jason Plato Power Maxed Vauxhall Astra +4.976
6 Tom Ingram Excelr8 Hyundai i30N +6.961
7 Colin Turkington Team WSR BMW 330i M +7.303
8 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Infiniti Q50 +9.291
9 Ash Sutton Laser Tools Infiniti Q50 +10.055
10 Tom Oliphant Team WSR BMW 330i M +11.411
11 Stephen Jelley Team WSR BMW 330i M +13.259
12 Jack Goff Team HARD Cupra Leon +13.759
13 Ollie Jackson MB Motorsport Ford Focus +15.311
14 Dan Lloyd Power Maxed Vauxhall Astra +15.826
15 Aron Taylor-Smith Team HARD Cupra Leon +16.944
16 Sam Osborne Motorbase Ford Focus +17.540
17 Carl Boardley Laser Tools Infiniti Q50 +19.551
18 Gordon Shedden Halfords Racing Honda Civic +19.914
19 Jack Butel Excelr8 Hyundai i30N +26.245
20 Sam Smelt Toyota Gazoo Toyota Corolla +26.623
21 Adam Morgan Ciceley BMW 330i M +32.085
22 Nicholas Hamilton Team HARD Cupra Leon +35.931
23 Chris Smiley Excelr8 Hyundai i30N +1 Lap
DNF Rick Parfitt Excelr8 Hyundai i30N Mechanical
DNF Tom Chilton Ciceley BMW 330i M Mechanical
DNF Rory Butcher Toyota Gazoo Toyota Corolla Crash
DNF Jade Edwards BTC Racing Honda Civic Crash
DNF Andy Neate Motorbase Ford Focus Crash
DNF Glyn Geddie Team HARD Cupra Leon Crash


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