MG Racing RCIB Insurance’s Josh Cook will be unable to compete in Round 25, the first of the three races at Silverstone, after receiving his fourth reprimand of the season. The MG driver, 26, received 2 penalties during the 3-race-long race day on Sunday 27th August.
His first penalty of the day came in the 2nd race of the day after he made contact with Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo’s Mat Jackson. After the Ford had gone up the inside into the Deene Hairpin, the MG made unnecessary contact into the following corner, Yentwood. When after finishing P2, Jackson was asked about the incident by TouringCarTimes, he said the following “It was very nearly not P2, as the MG decided to assault us. It was so blatant”, adding “It doesn’t take any skill, it’s a shame really.” This was Cook’s third reprimand of the season, which meant that the MG would start the final race of the day from the back of the grid.
In that same final race, Cook would pick up his fourth reprimand of the season. The incident would take place on the tenth lap of the race. Stephen Jelley would be the other car involved, and as the Team Parker Focus entered the Deene Hairpin, the left rear took a hit from Cook’s MG, spinning the Ford and causing the left rear wheel to become detached from the rest of the car. This is Cook’s fourth reprimand of the season, meaning that the 26 year old from Bath will have to serve a one race ban in the first of the three races at Silverstone. Cook becomes the first BTCC driver in 16 years to receive a race ban, with the last being Phil Bennett at Croft in 2001.
Martin Depper, Rory Butcher and Stephen Jelley all received penalties of their own at Rockingham. Depper was given two points for an incident with Eurotech’s young stand-in Brett Smith in race 1. Knockhill debutante and BTCC rookie Rory Butcher was penalised in the final race of the day in a ‘clash of Scots’ with Aiden Moffat, for which he was handed a two point endorsement. Stephen Jelley was also given a point endorsement, but in the form of a 3 point endorsement and a £500 fine for two incidents in race 1, one with Power Maxed Racing’s Senna Proctor, and one with Simpson Racing’s Matt Simpson.