Josh Cook feels he did “surprisingly well” on his first outing in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup after taking a pair of top eight finishes at Silverstone.
The Renault UK Clio Cup title contender made a one-off appearance in the sportscar series with his regular team SV Racing alongside David Pittard, who went on to win both the weekend’s races.
Cook got behind the wheel of his SV Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 for the first time in Friday’s pre-event testing, but mechanical gremlins hampered his running.
Despite that, the Bristolian put in a strong performance in qualifying to take eighth on the grid, and headed into the races knowing there was more time as he continued adapting to the Ginetta.
Getting right into the thick of the action, Cook battled well with the likes of Luke Davenport and Tom Howard en-route to eighth and seventh place finishes, despite picking up five second time penalties for exceeding track limits in both races.
The KX Akademy member is pleased with the progress he made over the weekend, in particular finishing ahead of a number of more experienced Ginetta racers.
“It has been a big learning curve,” Cook told TCF. “I’d never raced a rear-wheel drive car before, we had limited set-up and no time to work on the car before the meeting, the first time I got behind the wheel was Friday.
“So all-in-all I think we’ve done surprisingly well in one weekend considering the people we were racing against have done it all season. In the first race we ended up with a best time only two and half tenths off the fastest lap by David [Pittard].
“I wish I was going into a race weekend now, as I really think that with the time in the car we’ve had, we could now go and challenge for podium positions. It’s been great fun.”
While a BTCC drive is Cook’s main focus for 2015, the 23 year old admits that the Supercup is one of the other options he’s considering for next season.
“It definitely is an option for next year, but I’d certainly want to have a bit more testing in the car before making that decision, as I feel there’s more to come out of me and the car,” he added.