BTCC Oulton Park: Cook disqualified after race one victory

Josh Cook has been excluded from his victory in the opening race of the British Touring Car Championship round at Oulton Park after failing the post-race rideheight check.

BTCC Oulton Park: Cook disqualified after race one victory

From second on the grid, Cook's BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R had dropped as low as fifth with excess wheelspin off the line in wet conditions before moving quickly up to fourth by the end of the opening lap.

He had already stormed back to second by the time a safety car came out to repair barrie damage at Old Hall, and passed polesitter Rory Butcher shortly after the restart to take a lead he held to the end for what would have been his first win since Thruxton last year.

However, Cook's exclusion means that Rory Butcher inherits his first win of the season, and the maiden victory for the brand-new fourth-generation Ford Focus ST.

"We ran though these sorts of set-ups on Saturday," said Cook.

"You have to run a different set-up in these conditions to deal with the different tyre pressures, and it looks like we've just sustained a little bit of damage on one side, and it knocked the splitter down.

"It's obviously really gutting for the team - everybody deserved that result.

"The car was brilliant in the race.

"I'm sure we'll argue it was unfair, and that they'll argue we broke the rules, but we've just got to take it on the chin."

Up to second comes the works Team Dynamics-run Honda of Dan Cammish, while Jake Hill claims his first podium of 2020 with the older-spec FK2 Civic of MB Motorsport.

Championship leader Colin Turkington moves up to fourth in his West Surrey Racing BMW, which was laden with 60kg of ballast in race one, with Cook's BTC team-mate Tom Chilton and the Speedworks Toyota Corolla of Tom Ingram completing the top six.

Adam Morgan (Mercedes), Ash Sutton (Infiniti) and Chris Smiley (Hyundai) move up to seventh, eighth and ninth, with Senna Proctor now making it two of the Excelr8 Motorsport-run Hyundai i30s in the top 10.

Cook will start the second race from the back of the grid.

Ammended race one result - 15 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Rory Butcher Motorbase Performance Ford 25m23.005s
2 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 1.680s
3 Jake Hill AmD Tuning Honda 2.521s
4 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 7.250s
5 Tom Chilton BTC Racing Honda 8.822s
6 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 9.559s
7 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 11.980s
8 Ash Sutton Laser Tools Racing Infiniti 19.497s
9 Chris Smiley Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai 20.357s
10 Senna Proctor Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai 26.018s
11 Michael Crees BTC Racing Honda 27.142s
12 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 28.801s
13 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 30.033s
14 Bobby Thompson Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 30.364s
15 Andy Neate Motorbase Performance Ford 30.759s
16 Sam Osborne AmD Tuning Honda 31.650s
17 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Infiniti 32.041s
18 James Gornall Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 36.600s
19 Jack Butel Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 45.746s
20 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 49.971s
21 Mike Bushell Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 2 Laps
22 Ollie Brown Team Hard Volkswagen 2 Laps
- Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda Disqualified
- Nicolas Hamilton Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement
- Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda Retirement
- Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement
- Carl Boardley Team Hard BMW Retirement


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