Cook and Collard make a return for 2017

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Another two drivers are now confirmed to contest the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for 2017.

Josh Cook’s future was in doubt after he announced he would be leaving the Triple Eight MG team. His future is now secure in the hands of the Maximum Motorsport outfit run by Stewart Lines, who was meant to be driving this year, but stepped aside.

Speaking to btcc.net, Cook spoke of his delight in being able to return to the championship for 2017. “I’m elated to be back on the grid for 2017, 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 coming 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.”

It will be interesting to see how Josh gets on in his new Ford Focus for the upcoming season. The car has undergone some changes to make it more competitive this year and is being looked after throughout by Team Parker Racing.

Rob Collard was also announced to be continuing from where he left off with WSR. Collard played a key role in the Constructors’ and Teams’ title push last year and joins Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan in a trio of BMW 125i M Sports.

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2016 was Collard’s most competitive campaign in the BTCC to date, so he will be looking to push even further in 2017. Speaking to btcc.net, Collard was confident of a good year ahead.

“It’s fantastic to be staying with WSR,” said Collard. “They have a pedigree like no other team in the BTCC and the level of professionalism and preparation that has been key to their success is clear to see in everything they do.”

“This will be my 10th season with the team and I plan to use that continuity to my advantage. I took my first BTCC win and my first podium with WSR and now my aim is to take my first title with them too. With Colin and Andrew as my team-mates, I think we have the strongest line-up in the championship and I can’t wait to start testing the latest development of the BMW later this month.”

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