One Motorsport with Starline Racing rewarded at Thruxton
One Motorsport with Starline Racing scooped armfuls of silverware at the fourth meeting of the Championship at Thruxton last weekend.
Josh Cook scored two third-place finishes in the opening two rounds at the super-fast Hampshire speedbowl to consolidate his advantage at the head of the Independents’ Trophy points table. Meanwhile team-mate Aiden Moffat also scaled the rostrum in the final race of the weekend and he too claimed the coveted Independents Trophy glory. That victory for the Scotsman has pushed him up to second place in the Independents’ standings behind Cook.
Will Powell continued his learning journey with the team and has paid tribute to the squad for rebuilding his Honda Civic Type R after he made contact with the barriers during the second race of the weekend.
The Independents Trophy lock-out of victories has pushed the One Motorsport with Starline Racing squad to the head of the teams’ competition too as we approach the halfway point in the season.
Cook lined up in third place for the opening race of the meeting. The Bath racer praised the dedication of the team, which had worked into the night after qualifying to refine the chassis and unlock the final few fractions of a second from the two-litre turbocharged car.
After two third-place finishes in races one and two, he backed that up with an 11th spot – and third in the Independents’ class – in the reversed grid finale. He said he had been blown away by the efforts of the Brackley-based crew over the course of the weekend.
“The team has done an incredible job and shown its resolve in spades,” he says. “Everyone was working flat-out to find these little gains and improvements that we could make and there was progress in the car over the course of the three races.”
Moffat’s first podium of the season in race three came as a result of resilience. The Scotsman says he was delighted with the chassis during qualifying but felt like he had not performed at his best during the 30-minute session on Saturday.
“I made life difficult for us all in qualifying,” he admits frankly. “The car was great, but I was unable to make the most of it. I don’t think we showed my pace or the car’s pace because I will hold my hands up: I made a couple of little mistakes which were down to me.”
Moffat climbed from 17th into the points with 14th in race one, and then battled further up the order in race two to 10th. That gave him a front-row starting slot for race three and he powered to his maiden podium of the season after a high-pressure 16 laps.
“The confidence was there to come through the pack across the opening two races and I knew I could give myself a shot at a great finish for the reversed-grid race three to capitalise,” he explains. “To come away with my first podium for the team has made me so happy, and it has given me a real boost ahead of the rest of the season.”
Powell says that there were some positives to take from the weekend as a whole, despite being the innocent victim of the high-speed accident in race two.
“We were moving forward in race two before the contact happened. That seems to be the pattern at the moment when one thing or another disrupts the weekend. The signs are there that it is coming together, and we will look ahead to the next rounds at Oulton Park now.”
Team owner Steve Dudman says that no stone would be unturned in One Motorsport with Starline Racing’s quest to reach the top this season, and he was pleased with the showing at Thruxton. He says the performance would provide the building blocks to move forward.
The next rounds of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship take place at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire on June 17/18, and all three races will be shown live on ITV4.