It was lucky round seven for Jake Cook taking his maiden podium in the third meeting of the Protyre Formula Renault Championship at Thruxton, Hampshire.
Qualifying second on the grid for all three Thruxton races, round six was short-lived, with damage forcing Cook to retire following a clash while contesting second place.
Missing out on pole position for round seven by a mere 0.002 seconds, Cook briefly slipped to the tail of the top six, but soon he was dicing over fourth place.
By lap nine, Cook was pressuring hard in fourth place, and grabbed third on the next tour, briefly taking second place momentarily with three laps to go.
Battling forsecond place to the very end, Cook locked-up at the chicane in a last lap challenge, but had to settle for third, taking his first podium of the series.
“I made it hard work for myself”, reflected Cook, “I got a really bad start, down to sixth at the complex. I got back up to second but then made a mistake into the last corner. It was a late braking move and I flat-spotted the tyre, so after that I struggled a bit. Although, it’s good to be on the podium”.
For round eight, once again Cook fought hard in wheel-to-wheel battles with two other cars.
However elbowed out of second spot, he eventually took the flag in third again.
His double podiums boosted Cook’s standing in the points table and he is now in runners-up spot, 21 points clear of third place.