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Sensational Sixth for Cook in Donington Qualifying

Photo Credit: marekp.co.uk / #RacingForHeroes

Photo Credit: marekp.co.uk / #RacingForHeroes

After a thrilling opening race weekend at Brands Hatch, the BTCC juggernaut rumbles on to Donington Park. As the sun was shining beautifully upon the circuit, the serenity would soon be shattered as the cars took to the track. After a solid two free practice sessions, Josh Cook and #RacingForHeroes were out to impress in qualifying. And impress is exactly what he did.

One of the brilliant things that makes the BTCC such an iconic and thrilling series is the genuine levels of unpredictability at each race. From one race to the next no two things are ever the same. The introduction of new weight penalties for 2015 has certainly added to the entertainment and will most likely see new faces at the front of the grid as a result.

Following their impressive first race weekend at Brands Hatch, everyone at Power Maxed Racing had high hopes moving into Donington Park. Josh Cook and everyone at #RacingForHeroes made an impressive debut in the championship at Brands Hatch, scoring two Jack Sears Trophy wins and challenging the big names consistently. The last time Cook cruised the tarmac of Donington Park, it was at the series Media Day at which he was ultra competitive.

The two free practice sessions gave Cook confidence, delivering consistently strong times around the 1:10 mark which would have seen him just outside the top 10. Mike Bushell in the AmD Tuning Ford Focus had set the benchmark for the Jack Sears competitors and it was beginning to look like the 2014 Clio Cup UK champion would out-qualify the 2014 Clio Cup UK vice champion. Or so we thought.

Photo Credit: BTCC.net

Photo Credit: BTCC.net

As qualifying got underway, Cook made his intentions clear from the outset. This was a man on a mission. When Priaulx pulled off the track and brought out a temporary suspension of the session, Cook lay in the mid-pack. But as the green flag waved, it all started to come together. Taking advantage of gaps in the traffic and a tow from other cars on a hot lap, Cook stormed to a 1:10.119 and an eventual 6th position.

To top off an already jaw dropping afternoon, Dave Newsham put the other Power Maxed car in 10th, securing a truly outstanding performance for the team. It is a true testament to the hard work put in by everyone at Power Maxed Racing to transform the team from what it was last year to battling for the top positions in 2015.

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