Monarchs skipper Cook claims maiden GP race win

Craig Cook has taken a big lift from his Grand Prix race win. Pic: Ron MacNeill

Craig Cook has taken a big lift from his Grand Prix race win. Pic: Ron MacNeill

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EDINBURGH MONARCHS speedway captain Craig Cook scored his first-ever win in a Grand Prix when he finished on seven points in Saturday’s British showpiece at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium

Cook, who was a wild-card entrant following his runners-up spot in the British final at Wolverhampton last month, claimed his maiden victory in his opening ride in heat three.

The Englishman flew out of the gate to defeat current world champion Greg Hancock and 2012 champion Chris Holder, to the delight of Monarchs fans who had made the journey to South Wales.

Cook collected four more points from his remaining rides and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals, a last place in his fourth ride costing him dearly. Cook said he gained “valuable insights” from his appearance last year when he scored just two points from his five rides.

The 28-year-old also revealed he had been working hard to solve long-standing clutch problems before the event, saying: “I knew if I could win my first race in a Grand Prix it would give me a big lift and it certainly did.”

Cook has already acknowledged how much he loves riding in front of 50,000 fans at the Millennium Stadium and will hope to return next year.