Multiple race winner Josh Cook set for big title push with BTC Racing
Cook eyeing overall crown in third season with front-running team
Jack Sears Trophy Champion Michael Crees remains with BTC for 2021
Popular fan favourite ‘Creesy’ targeting continued progress in BTCC
BTC Racing is ready to mount a major challenge on the 2021 Kwik-Fit British Touring Car Championship after announcing that title contender Josh Cook and Jack Sears Trophy Champion Michael Crees will remain at the Brackley team.
Front-runner Cook will enter his third season driving for BTC, and with the fantastic continuity of remaining with the championship challenging squad, as well as the proven Honda Civic Type-R FK8, he will go into 2021 as a real threat for the outright BTCC and Independents Trophy crowns.
The 29-year-old, from Bristol, ended last season ninth in the overall championship standings with three race victories, early season misfortune masking the true story of his pace and competitiveness, and was sixth in the Independents Trophy with a hat-trick of class wins and two other podiums.
Crees also returns alongside Cook, and the reigning Jack Sears Trophy Champion will be determined to become a regular top 10 challenger in his second year with BTC Racing – his third season in total in the UK’s biggest and best motor racing championship.
Claiming a dozen race wins in the Jack Sears class, the 37-year-old from Broadstairs in Kent, who is more popularly known as ‘Creesy’, was also 12th in the Independents Trophy battle and raced to 13 outright points finishes.
Steve Dudman – BTC Racing Owner and Team Principal:
“It really is fantastic news to be able to announce Josh and Michael are remaining with BTC Racing for the 2021 season in the BTCC. Everyone knows Josh’s credentials as a multiple race winner in touring cars, and we are all confident he will be able to mount a genuine challenge for the outright BTCC crown as well as the Independents Trophy title next season.
“Michael really did come of age as a driver last year in his first season with us at BTC Racing, and when you consider he only started racing cars 2017 his progress has been outstanding. Winning the Jack Sears Trophy was a great achievement and the target next year will certainly be for him to score regular overall points finishes and to challenge for the outright top 10.”
Josh Cook – BTC Racing Driver:
“I am very happy to be part of BTC Racing again for 2021. This will be my third season with the team and I’ve known a number of the crew since I joined, so I’m looking forward to working with them all again. I am equally delighted to be working with Michael Crees again, he is a great team-mate, we work really well together and we plan to push even harder in 2021.
“We had a difficult start to 2020 but we hit the second half of the year with a pole position and two wins, fastest lap at Croft and a further win at Thruxton. In the second half of the year we were back where we should have been. With the new management structure recently announced at BTC Racing we are all even more determined to keep pushing forwards. Finally, a huge thank you to Steve Dudman for his continued support. I cannot wait to get back out in the car and get started.”
Michael Crees – BTC Racing Driver:
“I’m super excited to be staying with BTC Racing and competing in the BTCC again next season. I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to my partners MVC Events and BITA for coming together and making the deal happen and, of course, Team Principal Steve Dudman for his on-going support. It makes absolute sense for all of us to continue to work together to develop the team.
“At this point I would like to also say a big thank you to my team-mate Josh Cook who really brought me on this year, I have learnt so much from him which massively developed me as a driver. I am buzzing and really looking forward to racing the same car, for a second season, for the first time in my career. I would also like to say thank you to all of my sponsors and fans who have supported me along the way."
Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent is provisionally scheduled to host the opening three races of the 2021 Kwik-Fit British Touring Car Championship over the weekend 3rd/4th April