Power Maxed Racing's Josh Cook says the 'awesome' balance of his Chevrolet Cruze allowed the British Touring Car Championship rookie to make the moves he needed to reach the podium for the first in the series at Rockingham.

Cook's maiden was rostrum finish was all the more impressive after starting the second Rockingham race from 14th on the grid.

The Chevrolet driver's previous best finish result came with two seventh place finishes at Donington Park earlier in the year - when he famously came to blows with Aron Smith whilst fighting for the lead during the final race.

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"Yeah it's great to do it in race two rather than race three. It was done on outright pace. I'm chuffed to bits for the team because they've worked so hard," Cook told crash.net.

"It just shows even with a good car it could have ended badly. Dave [Newsham] had a shocker of a race and that could have been both of us heading towards the top-five. I'm going to enjoy it for the next couple of minutes before getting my head down ready for race three.

"I've got a bit of weight now and I'm starting P8 so we'll how that goes."

Cook's rise up the order was notably marked with two masterfully coordinated manoeuvres on defending champion Colin Turkington and MG's Jack Goff for fifth and fourth at the Deane Hairpin.

The 22-year old capped off a resounding race two charge with a dramatic last gasp move around the outside of WIX Racing's Adam Morgan at the final corner after hounding the Mercedes A-Class for a number of laps.

"I just had to unsettle him a couple of corners before so that put him [Morgan] off line. I could tell he was struggling with the front end of his car. I know what that feels like because I found myself in the same scenario when fighting with Ingram in race one," Cook continued.

"I knew where he was going to struggle and my car was good under braking, luckily I was able to capitalise on it.

"They [Turkington and Goff] were both struggling and my car was just mega. I don't think they were expecting me to pass in the way that I did but the car was just awesome.

"I had it beneath me and I had the confidence to pull the moves off. Luckily we've come away with the podium so let's see what we can do in race three."

Cook now enters the final reverse grid race with 57 kilos of ballast strapped to his Chevrolet and says running that amount of performance weight leaves him in uncharted territory.

"I've been loving all the other cars having the success ballast. Now it's different because I'm on the receiving end of it!" said Cook.

"We've got to see who's on the soft tyre because others will struggle as the tyre falls away. We're obviously going to struggle a little bit more with the amount of ballast we have because we've never run that high before."