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Josh Cook will be on the British Touring Car Championship grid in 2017 after agreeing a deal to drive for Maximum Motorsport in the team’s rebuilt Ford Focus. Having spent 2016 with MG it looked as though the 25 year-old would spend this season on the sidelines having announced he would be leaving the Triple Eight run team earlier this year. With the vast majority of seats taken options were low however following an injury to regular driver, and Team Principal, Stuart Lines, Cook has been bought in while Lines steps aside.
The former Jack Sears Trophy winner’s deal enables Lines time to recover after a cycling accident, who admitted the opportunity to sign Cook was one too good to miss. Following the announcement Lines said, “After my accident, we started analysing our options forthcoming campaign to allow myself enough time for recovery,” he said. “When Josh announced he was without a drive, we grasped the opportunity to sign a very capable young talent.
“I’m disappointed that I won’t be lining up on the 2017 grid, as the car has undergone a significant programme of upgrades over the winter period and is now down to a much lighter weight.
“Despite this, I am delighted we’re running Josh this season and believe we’ve got the complete package to produce some strong finishes”
This will be Cook’s third season in the BTCC having made his debut in 2015 with Power Maxed Racing in a Chevrolet Cruze. Cook and his new team are now beginning a test schedule with the team’s new livery revealed on the 16th March at Donington Park at the season launch.
|2017 BTCC Entry List|
|West Surrey Racing||4||Colin Turkington|
|Pirtek Racing||77||Andrew Jordan|
|Silverline Subaru Team BMR
Honda Halfords Yuasa Racing
|Simpson Racing||303||Matt Simpson|
Power Maxed Racing
Triple Eight Engineering
|Handy Motorsport||11||Rob Austin|
|Speedworks Motorsport||80||Tom Ingram|
|Laser Tools Racing||16||Aiden Moffat|
|Wix Racing||33||Adam Morgan|
BTC Norlin Racing
|Maximum Motorsport||66||Josh Cook|
|Team Parker Racing||TBA||Stephen Jelley|