Josh Cook Fastest Again In Second Practice At Brands Hatch


Josh Cook continued his Saturday form by topping the second free practice session of the day at Brands Hatch GP, as qualifying for the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season beckons.

The Triple Eight driver was over three seconds slower than his best effort earlier in day, leaving it late once again to pip Mat Jackson to top spot.

Gordon Shedden had held that position for much of the second 40-minute session of the day, one truncated by a trio of stoppages and an interfering downpour at the Kent circuit.

Times were some four seconds off those from first practice as a result, Shedden’s initial best effort of 1m44.057s lasting for just over 30 minutes before Jackson moved to the top by a mere 0.063s.

Matt Simpson was the cause of two red flag interruptions during the session, suffering visits to the gravel at both Paddock Hill Bend and Druids respectively.

An off for Stewart Lines at Paddock shortly afterwards resulted in a third stoppage of the session, after which Cook saved his best effort until last to deny Jackson by 0.267s with a time of 1m43.790s.

Tom Ingram bumped Shedden down to fourth place, Aron Smith rounding out the top five for Team BKRAshley Sutton made it two MGs in the top six, Andrew Jordan seventh ahead of Adam Morgan (Mercedes), Colin Turkington (Subaru) and Michael Epps (Toyota).

Sam Tordoff – carrying 75kg success ballast – ended the session 14th for West Surrey Racing, while team-mate Rob Collard could only manage 23rd.