After a 4th, 5th and a DNF at Silverstone, Josh Cook is targeting closing the 36-point gap to Colin Turkington at the top of the standings. The BTC Racing driver has enjoyed a fantastic 2019 winning on the opening weekend at Brands Hatch and twice at Thruxton to sit 4th in the overall driver’s championship and 1st in the Independent driver’s standings heading into the final weekend.
Speaking after Silverstone, Cook said “The gap’s 36 points, which is frustrating but leaves me with a bit of an outside chance. I’ll be getting my elbows out like everybody else has this weekend. My eyes are solely on the Drivers’ standings at the minute. I know the team are keeping their eyes on the Independent Teams’ and Independent Drivers’ championships but I think we’re doing okay overall”
Silverstone was a frantic weekend for many drivers in the field after changeable dry-wet conditions resulted in several incidents and post race penalties. Heading into Brands Hatch GP, Cook will be targeting a strong qualifying on Saturday to aid his title chances on Sunday, taking solace from his improved showing at Silverstone where he qualified his Honda Civic in 9th.
Acknowledging that he needs a bit of luck to help him secure his maiden BTCC crown, Cook continued “We’ve seen what happened today with Tom Ingram getting two wins. I’m not just a mathematical option at the minute. I’m still in with a good shout. We’d have to have a stonking weekend and rely on others having a bit of bad luck but we’ve got two cars in this team that went well around Brands last year, so we’ve got to make the most of it. It’s going to be one hell of a showdown.”
The final round of the BTCC season takes place at Brands Hatch GP on the weekend of the 12th/13th October.