Josh Cook is confident that he can take a breakthrough Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship win this year after inking a deal to return to Power Maxed Racing.

Set to spearhead the teams push towards the front of the grid, Cook will pilot the factory-backed Vauxhall Astra to embark on what will be his fourth full season in the BTCC.

Having had stints at Triple Eight Racing and Maximum Motorsport since debuting with the team in 2015, the 26-year-old has found himself in the position to grace the top step of the podium on several occasions, finding himself out of luck to do so – something that he hopes to change in 2018.

“Every year I’m going to compete I go into it with the aim of challenging for the overall championship, that is my mentality,” Cook told BTCC Crazy.

“Taking a first win is what I’m gunning for. Over the past few years I have been in the position to get that first win but for one reason or another it hasn’t come off; hopefully that will change this year.

“The Vauxhall is a great package and I’m going to work hard to ensure we can keep progressing. I have to thank Euro Repar as they have played a pivotal role in the deal, they are a perfect fit for the championship.”

The identity of who will fill the second Vauxhall Astra alongside Cook is still to be announced however the 26-year-old is unfazed, regardless of who it will eventually be.

He said: “Since debuting in the BTCC in 2015 I have beaten every team-mate I have had and in the case of Maximum Motorsport, the drivers that were driving the same machinery.

“When I was with Ash [Sutton] in 2016 I emerged ahead of him in the standings and as we know since then he has gone on to do great things.

“Of course I’m interested to see who will be alongside me but at the end of the day I’m there to work with them so we can move forward and hopefully finish ahead of them. I’m excited to see what we as a team can achieve this season.”

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