Josh Cook will return to the BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8 for a second successive season as both team and driver target another title challenge in 2020.
Cook enjoyed the most successful season of his BTCC career to date in 2019 in a BTC Racing Civic, winning three times and claiming four podium finishes on his way to 4th in the overall driver’s championship and 2nd place in the independent driver’s championship.
Challenging for both titles right up until the end of the season, 2019 was a huge success for Cook, who had joined BTC Racing just weeks before the start of the campaign. Cook’s performances also helped BTC Racing to a best-ever BTCC season as a team, and the outfit will also expand to a three-car lineup for 2020. The team will be aiming to improve on a 4th place finish in the team’s championship.
Cook is hoping that with a year of experience under his belt, plus a full preseason of testing that he is once again right in the title fight. He was delighted to return to BTC Racing for a second year.
“Continuity is so important in this championship,” said Cook. “I’ve never had the chance to have two seasons in the same team and car, and it’s such an important piece of the puzzle
We didn’t really manage to get any testing last year. We just rocked up and won the opening round. That was great but each weekend we just had to work it out on track rather than having any knowledge.
So the fact that we get to go into this year with all of that data and some winter testing along with our developments should hopefully take us a step forward.”
Cook also re-emphasised BTC Racing’s ambition to secure the overall crown in 2020 after finishing just 42 points off the summit of the table in 2019.
“We went full guns for the overall title last year; we didn’t have an eye on the Independents until the main one was out of reach. We’re there to try for the overall title. That’s been my aim since I came into the BTCC in 2015, and that will always be my aim. We took more wins than the factory team with no testing. The team were mega and it was a great achievement. We’re arriving with more knowledge this season, and there’s no reason why we can’t take that extra step.”
BTC Racing’s joint Team Principal Bert Taylor was also thrilled to secure Cook’s services for 2020. He commented,
“After a stellar 1st season with the team last year, it couldn’t be a better start to 2020 for BTC Racing in securing Josh for our campaign. He showed his talent beyond any doubt in a new car, and with a new team, finishing 4th in the most competitive touring car championship there is.
To achieve that with no testing is a testament to the ultimate professional Josh is. I’m excited to see what 2020 holds of him and the team. We have our sights set high, and it is all about winning.”
Cook will contest the first round of the 2020 BTCC season on the 28th/29th March at Donington Park.