Josh Cook will replace injured Stewart Lines at Maximum Motorsport for the 2017 British Touring Car Championship.
The 2015 Jack Sears’ Trophy winner left MG earlier this year. Lines, who also works as team principal at Maximum Motorsport, seized the opportunity to sign the talented youngster as his replacement for 2017.
“I’m elated to be back on the grid for 2017,” said Cook. “It all turned around in the space of 24 hours. The support that I received when I announced my departure from MG was incredible. I’m immensely grateful to Stewart for enabling my return this season. It’s taken a lot of effort with multiple new sponsors but thank you to everyone involved. I can’t wait to get stuck into pre-season testing.”
Lines will be side-lined for the upcoming season, after falling off a mountain bike in January. The Birmingham based racer suffered muscle and ligament damage, and has decided to sit out this year in order to recover.
“I think we’ve got a great package with Maximum Motorsport, the Focus has been upgraded over the off-season and Team Parker Racing looking after the operation of the car throughout the year, we should be pushing for strong finishes from the off,” said Lines.
“When Josh announced he was without a drive, we grasped the opportunity to sign a very capable young talent.”
Cook and the team will now begin an extensive testing programme in order to prepare for the season launch next month, when the team’s new livery is due to be revealed.
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