Josh Cook engaged in a hard-fought duel with Mike Bushell for the 2014 Renault UK Clio Cup crown – winning more races but just missing out on the title in the Brands Hatch finale – which catapulted him onto the BTCC grid in a Power Maxed Racing-run Chevrolet Cruze the following year alongside experienced tin-top campaigner Dave Newsham.
A strong first season saw Cook claim seven top ten finishes including a podium at Rockingham – and scrap energetically for the lead in a lively race at Donington Park. That enabled him to prevail in the battle of the newcomers, exacting revenge on Clio Cup sparring partner Bushell to lift the Jack Sears Trophy for top rookie.
Cook added two further rostrums in 2016 with the factory MG squad, before moving to Team Parker Racing with Maximum Motorsport for 2017. He steered the lime green Ford Focus to fourth spot at Oulton Park, switching back to MG machinery midway through the campaign.
In 2018, Cook joined the works Vauxhall effort at Power Maxed TAG Racing and won in two of the opening three race weekends. He sealed four further podiums on his way to sixth in the Drivers’ running.
For 2019, Cook made the move to BTC Racing, driving the outfit’s newly-acquired Honda Civic Type R (FK8) to three superb victories and fourth in the final standings.
Cook remains with the team in 2020 as he aims to build upon the previous year’s results.
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Date of Birth: 15th June, 1991
Place of Birth: Bath, Somerset
Lives in: Bristol
Team: BTC Racing
Car: Honda Civic Type R (FK8)
Debut: Brands Hatch Indy, 2015BTCC Races: 173
2015 Jack Sears Trophy