Cook clinches Thruxton double, Plato on pole for reverse grid

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Josh Cook - Rich Energy BTC Racing - Photo - Jakob Ebrey Photography

After becoming the undisputed King of Thruxton in the opening race of the day, Josh Cook extended that moniker further as well as his Drivers’ Standings lead by doubling up in a near repeat of Race One in the end result.

Cook lost the lead at the start as he did in the opener with the Rich Energy BTC Racing driver losing out to ROKiT MB Motorsport ace Jake Hill but on the final complex, the former retook the lead and again they continued their battle all the way to the finish. Now though they both occupy the top two positions in the drivers’ standings.

Ash Sutton made sure it would be an identical podium too as the NAPA Racing UK driver continues a superb weekend after a poor start to the season as the team of the reigning champion and Dan Cammish continue to tweak their setup accordingly. Colin Turkington was behind him.

While Dan Rowbottom and Adam Morgan performed superbly to finish fifth and sixth, with Morgan now starting second on the reverse grid behind a certain Jason Plato who will hope to mirror his teammates efforts in the Honda and seal his first win for BTC Racing as well as take his tally to 98 race wins.

Behind Plato, Tom Ingram surged from the back of the grid to take eighth in another superb masterclass from the Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 driver who due to the dominance of Cook, Hill and Sutton has fallen down the order in the Drivers Standings. Ash Hand finished inside the top ten ahead of teammate, Michael Crees as the Power Maxed Racing duo continue to show good pace.

2022 British Touring Car Championship – Race 2 – Thruxton

1.            Josh COOK (GBR) Rich Energy BTC Racing 16 laps
2.            Jake HILL (GBR) ROKiT MB Motorsport +0.487s
3.            Ash SUTTON (GBR) NAPA Racing UK +3.067s
4.            Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +3.717s
5.            Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Halfords Racing with Cataclean +7.806s
6.            Adam MORGAN (GBR) Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport +8.763s
7.            Jason PLATO (GBR) Rich Energy BTC Racing +10.488s
8.            Tom INGRAM (GBR) Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 +15.424s
9.            Daniel LLOYD (GBR) Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 +15.735s
10.         Ash HAND (GBR) CarStore Power Maxed Racing +19.736s
11.         Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Racing with Cataclean +20.844s
12.         Michael CREES (GBR) CarStore Power Maxed Racing +21.559s
13.         Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Toyota GAZOO Racing UK +21.678s
14.         Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero +22.926s
15.         Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team BMW +23.146s
16.         Tom CHILTON (GBR) Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 +23.862s
17.         Ricky COLLARD (GBR) Toyota GAZOO Racing UK +24.178s
18.         Dan CAMMISH (GBR) NAPA Racing UK +25.396s
19.         Árón TAYLOR-SMITH (IRL) Yazoo with Racing +38.980s
20.         George GAMBLE (GBR) Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport +39.435s
21.         Jade EDWARDS (GBR) Rich Energy BTC Racing +39.712s
22.         Will POWELL (GBR) Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero +46.538s
23.         Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan +47.835s
24.         Nic HAMILTON (GBR) Yazoo with Racing +48.393s
25.         Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +2 laps
26.         Dexter PATTERSON (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +5 laps
27.         Rick PARFITT (GBR) Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing +7 laps
28.         Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan +11 laps

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