COOK: “NOW IS THE TIME TO GET FEISTY”
BTC Racing’s Josh Cook will be hoping that home comforts serve him well again this weekend (28/29 August) when the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship returns to Thruxton for Rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the 2021 campaign.
The Bath racer claimed two victories at the Hampshire circuit during the series’ season opener back in May, and now the 30-year-old requires something similar this weekend to get his championship challenge back on track.
“We’ve dropped back a bit to the guys ahead of us so now is the time to get feisty,” said Cook. “We’re into the second half of the season and we don’t have the luxury of playing the long game as the races are coming thick and fast.”
Cook is sitting sixth in the championship standings, 49 points behind leader Ashley Sutton, and he’s well aware that this weekend is critical in terms of his own title aspirations.
“We’ve got to up the risk and throw everything at closing the gap; starting here at Thruxton!”
The #66 Honda driver has won on each of his previous five visits to Thruxton in the BTCC, which is the fastest circuit in the UK and often regarded as one of the toughest challenges in the sport.
“I can’t really put my finger on exactly why I’ve had so much success here down the years,” he continued.
“I love the circuit; I think when you first drive it there is that intimidation factor but after a while you become accustomed to the little quirks and become more comfortable.
“The high-speed nature of the track is one of the standout features at Thruxton and it’s been something I’ve always enjoyed.”
Three super-fast BTCC races will take place on Sunday with a bumper crowd expected in Hampshire, whilst those unable to attend will be able to watch all the action unfold live on ITV4 from 1110.