In a shock announcement, Josh Cook will return to the factory MG sqaud that he drove for in 2016. Cook moved on to Maximum Motorsport for the start of the 2017 season in a late deal. News of Dan Lloyd’s departure broke early yesterday.
Cook has had a strong season in the privateer Ford Focus and currently sits 12th in the championship. By contrast Lloyd currently sits 24th with just 6 points from the first 12 races of the year. Cook now joins Aron Taylor-Smith in the second MG6 GT but has struggled to make an impression this season. Cook managed to pull 2 podiums out of the bag last season behind the wheel of the same car.
Team principle Nico Ferrari said : “Josh’s experience in the MG last year will be a huge boost for our engineering team. Aron is a superb driver and has done an exceptional job developing the car; these two will work great together, both racing but also promoting our partner, MG. Josh was excellent last year, as is Aron this year, so we’re now in a position to really capitalise on two brilliant drivers”. Ferrari himself is a new arrival at MG, having spear headed Team BKR’s campaign last season.
Speaking about his new appointment, “I would like to thank all those at Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport for the opportunity at the start of the season and for all of their hard work. I wish them further success and now look forward to building on my 2016 season with MG in the MG6.” While Cook thanks his previous team, his move now leaves them without a driver. The next round of the BTCC kick off in just 3 days at Croft. It could be possible that Stuart Lines could take over the driving duties of the green machine.
News of Cook’s replacement should come before Croft, otherwise the team risks loosing it’s TBL.
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