Josh Cook splashed his way to pole position in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Croft Circuit today (October 10), headlining what proved to be a sensational day of track action and setting up the prospect of a blockbuster race day which will see a trio of BTCC contests take centre stage.
In what was a frenetic wet qualifying, Tom Ingram set the fastest lap on-the-road during the session however the Toyota driver failed post-qualifying scrutineering checks and was ultimately excluded from the result, handing a second career pole to Cook.
With a heavy downpour hitting the circuit prior to qualifying, drivers were faced with a wet circuit and the potential threat of further rain on the horizon meaning banking a lap early on was pivotal.
Championship leader Ashley Sutton was the first to make his mark in the session as he topped the times for a majority of the session however things soon unravelled for the Laser Tools Racing driver. Looking to improve on his provision pole time with ten minutes remaining, Sutton was on a hot lap when his team-mate Aiden Moffat brought out the red flag due to being beached in the gravel.
Following a brief stoppage, Sutton’s frustration soon turned to dismay as he slid into the gravel himself at Clervaux, bringing out a second red flag. As per the rules, the Infiniti Q50 driver lost his fastest time for causing a stoppage and was prevented from continuing.
Sutton’s misfortune therefore saw Yorkshireman Senna Proctor jump to the top of the times as a final flurry of contenders threw themselves into the mix in the remaining minutes.
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish blitzed his way to the top of the times but lost his lap to track limits before Ingram and Cook ultimately came to the fore. Ingram bagged pole position however a broken wishbone caused his Toyota Corolla to fail the post-session ride height checks.
That promoted Cook to pole position whilst Proctor also failed the ride-height checks, moving MB Motorsport with Blue Square’s Jake Hill into second and Team BMW’s Colin Turkington up to third.
Tom Oliphant, Bobby Thompson and 2017 champion Sutton rounded out the top six. Ingram and Proctor meanwhile will subsequently start race one from the back of the grid tomorrow.
Elsewhere, Zak O’Sullivan stormed to victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoost whilst Harry Nunn was victorious in the opening Quaife Mini Challenge Trophy encounter.
Josh Rattican mastered the challenging conditions to reign supreme in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, narrowly edging out Tom Lebbon. Will Burns converted pole position in a commanding lights-to-flag victory in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup.
Rounding out list of winners from Saturday’s races was James Dorlin, who triumphed in the Cayman Islands Porsche Sprint Challenge GB. Making their debut on the TOCA package, the new-for-2020 one-make series served up a feast of entertainment over the course of 15 laps.
Live coverage from Croft on Sunday will be broadcast on ITV4 from 11:30, with an action-packed afternoon of racing scheduled to take place.
To view the full classification of results from all of today’s sessions, click here.
Like today, track action will be run behind closed doors and without spectators. Fans can d fans can get the full race day experience despite not being trackside by downloading the BTCC Digital Programme for FREE.