Hill critisises Cook after race one crash

Jake Hill has criticised Josh Cook following their race one collision at Thruxton.

The pair crashed at the Complex, and Hill was given penalty points after an investigation.

“Josh was driving like an idiot,” Hill told Overtake Motorsport after speaking to officials. “He turned on me and completely broke the left front outright, and that was that.”

Hill later acknowledged that the incident was probably “50-50 in hindsight”.

Cook told the Touring Car Times that Hill was just trying too hard to take the position.

“I ran Jake wide through the left-hander as I’m entitled to do to defend my position but then I stayed straight as we headed toward the right hander,” he said. “Jake came back onto the circuit from the right hand side and it’s like he tried to open up the corner when I was still there. It was just trying to hard to take the position.”

Hill was mostly criticised for his reactions after the incident, when he tried to confront Cook trackside and appeared to act aggressively to a marshal.

The Team HARD driver apologised to the marshals in a statement after the race:

“Apologies to all the marshals at Thruxton. Nothing at all was aimed at them. Tensions just get so high when you constantly get beaten up. At the end of the day, we are all here to race. The marshals don’t deserve to have to keep me apart, so once again a big apologies to them.”

Cook left Thruxton without any points, lying 13th in the championship. Hill took a single point in the final race of the weekend, and is currently 20th of 32 drivers in the standings.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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  1. Barrie Stirk

    May 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I was the marshal at Thruxton trying to keep the peace on the day . Jake is a top guy and I know adrenaline took over. I know that Jake would never do this if there not an adrenaline overdose. Jake proves his worth by openly apologising to the marshals. Its a shame that the TV did not show Jake driving over to the post at the end of race three giving us a wave.

    • Bethonie Waring

      May 10, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      That’s great to hear. For sure, Jake’s a top guy. Thanks for the comment and the work you do at race weekends.

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