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BTCC Thruxton: Lights-to-flag victory for Cook in race three

Marcus Simmons
·4 mins read
Lights-to-flag Thruxton victory for Cook in race three
Lights-to-flag Thruxton victory for Cook in race three

Josh Cook led all the way from pole to claim his first British Touring Car Championship win of the season at Thruxton in the third race of the weekend.

It is not the first time the BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R ace has taken the chequered flag first in 2020, but his previous on-the-road 'win' at Oulton Park was taken away when his car failed the post-race ride-height test.

Cook was pursued all the way through the race by team-mate Tom Chilton, the pairing breaking away from the pack and lapping in close formation past the halfway point in the reverse-grid race.

But Chilton struck the tyre stack at the left-handed element of the chicane with the left-front of his Honda, damaging the car sufficiently for a severe vibration to set in.

Chilton, with his tyres wearing out due to the vibration, was over two seconds adrift of Cook going into the final lap, and he was then further hampered by a misfire, which would almost certainly have cost him second place had the race run a lap longer.

"We've been plagued with little issues - nothing we could have foreseen - through the whole day, so it's been a tough day, and to finish with a win like this is what the team deserves," said Cook who won by 3.475s.

"We're still not 100% but we're getting there - I think some of the laps I've driven this weekend have been my best around here."

Rory Butcher headed the rest, after getting ahead of Tom Oliphant's BMW into the Complex on the opening lap.

Ash Sutton in turn passed Oliphant for fourth with a dive at Segrave on the fifth lap, and from then on the new championship leader's Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 put Butcher's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus under intense pressure.

Butcher put in a superb defensive drive, defending particularly hard at the Complex where Sutton seemed stronger, to complete the podium.

Tom Ingram benefited from Oliphant's loss of momentum as Sutton passed to also demote the BMW, and was right behind Sutton.

Whenever Sutton tried a move and failed, Ingram was right there looking to capitalise in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla, but today's two-time race winner had to settle for fifth.

Lights-to-flag Thruxton victory for Cook in race three
Lights-to-flag Thruxton victory for Cook in race three

Oliphant took sixth in his West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330i M Sport, while the following train featured his pre-weekend championship-leading team-mate Colin Turkington.

Turkington spent most of the race mired behind the BTC Honda of Michael Crees, before finally finding a way past on the penultimate lap to finish eighth behind the Team Dynamics Civic of Matt Neal.

Jake Hill was also close at hand to finish ninth in his MB Motorsport Honda from yet another of the Civics - that of Dan Cammish, who lost a few positions in early battle with Turkington.

A puncture struck Crees on the final lap, dropping him towards the rear of the field.

BTCC Thruxton race three results - 16 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Josh Cook

BTC Racing

Honda

20m46.420s

2

Tom Chilton

BTC Racing

Honda

3.475s

3

Rory Butcher

Motorbase Performance

Ford

4.397s

4

Ash Sutton

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

5.096s

5

Tom Ingram

Speedworks Motorsport

Toyota

5.628s

6

Tom Oliphant

WSR

BMW

7.119s

7

Matt Neal

Team Dynamics

Honda

7.451s

8

Colin Turkington

WSR

BMW

8.447s

9

Jake Hill

AmD Tuning

Honda

8.912s

10

Dan Cammish

Team Dynamics

Honda

9.629s

11

Rob Austin

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

10.345s

12

Senna Proctor

Excelr8 Motorsport

Hyundai

13.729s

13

Ollie Jackson

Motorbase Performance

Ford

14.270s

14

Jack Goff

Team Hard

Volkswagen

16.000s

15

Bobby Thompson

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

17.840s

16

Chris Smiley

Excelr8 Motorsport

Hyundai

22.384s

17

Stephen Jelley

Team Parker Racing

BMW

23.032s

18

Andy Neate

Motorbase Performance

Ford

30.904s

19

Jack Butel

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

31.263s

20

Tom Onslow-Cole

Team Hard

Volkswagen

35.369s

21

Michael Crees

BTC Racing

Honda

35.560s

22

Sam Osborne

AmD Tuning

Honda

35.595s

-

Adam Morgan

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

Retirement

-

Aiden Moffat

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

Not classified

-

Nicolas Hamilton

Team Hard

Volkswagen

Retirement

-

Carl Boardley

Team Hard

BMW

Retirement

-

James Gornall

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

Withdrawn

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