Josh Cook says he is “hungry” for victory in the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park, for which the Power Maxed Racing driver starts from pole position.
The BTCC rookie impressed in Saturday’s qualifying session by grabbing sixth spot on the grid for Sunday’s opening encounter, struggling on the softer set of Dunlop tyres to 13th before charging through the pack to seventh in the second race of the day.
The race three grid draw sees the top seven finishers from race two reversed, meaning Cook will start from pole position ahead of West Surrey Racing‘s Rob Collard in a race which the 2014 Renault UK Clio Cup runner-up feels he is capable of winning.
“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in”, Cook told The Checkered Flag after race two. “I’m hungry for it!”
“The car’s got good pace, our race pace is strong and we’ll be starting on a good tyre in race three.
“The set-up feels really good and I had no degradation in that race, so I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into race three.”
Cook is wary of the threat posed by the quick-starting BMW 125i of Collard which starts alongside him, but is confident that his tyres will come to him while the softer compound rubber used by several of his rivals may drop off – Jason Plato and Colin Turkington among them.
“I’ve got Collard next to me so obviously he’s going to be very quick off the line”, added Cook. “We’ll see what I can do and whether I can catch him back.
“A lot of drivers are on the soft tyres, so I’m going to have to wait until the race comes to me. I had them in race one and my pace was shocking at the end of the race, so given that I know how bad they were, I’m pleased that the guys around me are using them this time.”
Race three of the day at Donington Park is expected to get underway at 5.17pm.