Donington Park: Cook: There's no points awarded for practice...

Donington Park practice pacesetter Josh Cook is in bullish mood ahead of qualifying but acknowledges the bizarre weather conditions could throw a spanner in the works.
Donington Park practice pacesetter Josh Cook is confident of carrying his impressive form into this afternoon's British Touring Car Championship qualifying session but remains wary of the bizarre weather conditions currently engulfing the circuit.

The Triple Eight Racing MG driver heads into qualifying as the favourite to take his first pole position in the series having topped both of the earlier practice sessions around the former Grand Prix venue.

However, as Cook was talking to, the weather took a turn for the worse with a flurry of sleet engulfing the circuit - meaning qualifying now looks set to take place under wet conditions.

"It's gone alright so far! Obviously, as the team boss [Ian Harrison] says, there's no points awarded for practice. The weather is looking changeable as it's snowing at the minute! So that's going to throw something into the mix," Cook told

"We've learnt quite during practice so fingers crossed it's not too wet otherwise you're going to find a lot of people out of position. I think we're just going to take it as it comes.

"We couldn't be in a better position going into qualifying and I'm happy with the car. There's still a little bit more to come but we're just going to see how it all pans out."

While admitting a lack of touring car experience in the wet conditions, Cook is confident the MG6 GT is capable of challenging at the front, whatever the weather may throw.

"I've never driven a touring car in the wet. But neither has Ashley [Sutton] and others on the grid. I'm not too fussed though. I've driven around here in the wet in a Clio and won the race by a good margin but that doesn't mean anything in touring car racing.

"I'm going to be in at the deep end if it is wet but the Triple Eight guys know what they're doing so I'm looking forward to it."

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