Josh Cook bemoaned lady luck not being on his side during the opening round of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship from Brands Hatch.
The former Power Maxed Racing man looked at home with new squad ,Triple Eight Race Engineering, during the season-opening visit in Kent, qualifying sixth on the grid before beginning Sunday’s action with fifth place in race one behind team-mate, Ashley Sutton.
Cook’s day was blunted somewhat by an off caused by fluids dropped late in race two, but the pace shown by the MG6 GT left last year’s Jack Sears Trophy winner buoyant despite ending the day 14th in the standings.
“We’ve got a really good balance”, Cook told The Checkered Flag after promises of strong race pace were confirmed on Sunday. “Especially in the race; we don’t have any drop-offs, we look after the tyres and we’ve done a really good job over the winter. It’s starting to show now.”
The weekend began brightly for both Cook and rookie team-mate, Sutton, the pair lining up sixth and fifth respectively for Sunday’s opener before coming home a place better off by the flag.
Cook unfortunately had his weekend stymied by forces out of his control seemingly in race two, exiting the race after skating off the road at speed om fluid dropped at Graham Hill Bend.
“That’s what ended race two. It’s a shame because there was nothing I could do really”, bemoaned Cook of his excursion. “That’s just the way it goes sometimes.
“It wasn’t looking great in race two anyway to be honest. Although we had the soft tyre and we had weight in the car, we were managing quite well after I’d been bashed around a bit by the [Motorbase] Fords.”
A charge in the final race from the former multiple Renault UK Clio Cup race winner saw him climb from 29th on the grid to 14th overall, securing another points finish to leave the MG man confident for Donington.
“It was a shame to start 29th in race three”, Cook added. “I came home with 14th though. In the last 10 laps I had a bit of an issue and was lucky to bring it home, but I’m certainly feeling a bit more confident going into Donington now we’ve got going.”
On the back of a feisty weekend, Cook concluded: “Sometimes you just need a little bit of luck to go your way. Sometimes, the little touch that you get, it can react slightly differently and there’s lots of cogs you need to mesh together to put in a clean race.”