Power Maxed Racing's Josh Cook describes his dramatic race three clash with BMR's Aron Smith as a 'racing incident' after what was otherwise a sensational Donington Park weekend for the BTCC rookie.

In only his second BTCC weekend, Cook started the reverse race three grid on pole-position having already achieved a seventh place finish in race two.

The Chevrolet driver defied his inexperience by leading the vast majority of the race ahead of BMW's Rob Collard until a safety car - called upon after the Sam Tordoff and Jack Goff clash - cruelly intervened and slashed a near five-second advantage the leading duo enjoyed over the rest of the pack.

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Team BMR's Aron Smith was the first capitalise on the situation and as the Irishman made a play for the lead against Cook's PMR Cruze, the pair touched at the fastest point of the circuit [Craner Curves] which sent them both spearing off onto the grass and down the order.

"Bit gutted but that's the way racing goes," Cook told crash.net. "The cars still in one piece and we've got a lot of positives with the speed we've had and the way we've worked on our set up.

"It's one of those things where he slightly misjudged the corner and nipped the front of my car when he went to close me off going into Craner curve.

"He came up to me and we've shook hands, its racing. If we didn't have things like that then it would be boring to watch, I say more of it to be honest!"

Drawing on the overwhelming positives, Cook has applauded his Power Maxed Racing squad's effort in providing a much improved Chevrolet Cruze challenger for the 2015 season.

"Like I said a lot of positives to take away, I just want to take this momentum through to Thruxton because I'm still feeling pretty racy!" Cook continued.

"As soon as I got into the car with Dave [Newsham] we knew it was quick. I've got nothing to compare it to but this car feels quick. You can grab it by the horns and wrestle it round. It's a top car so credit to the team.

"We've just got to take every race in our stride. There's going to be circuits where we're not going to be as quick. We're looking forward to consistency and improvements."