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Jack Goff celebrates debut BTCC victory at Snetterton

Sunday, August 09 2015

Jack Goff scored a memorable debut Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory in the final race at Snetterton today (Sunday), soaking up race-long pressure from multiple champions Andy Priaulx and Jason Plato.

When the lights went out, Sam Tordoff got off to another tardy start, which immediately promoted Andy Priaulx and Jason Plato, after the latter's challenge into Riches failed. Jack Goff led the field in the MG, whilst behind the leading quartet, Adam Morgan headed Colin Turkington, Andrew Jordan, Mat Jackson, Rob Austin and Mike Bushell.

Lap two was a productive one for the BMR team, with Turkington passing Morgan on the second lap in order to catch the leaders, whilst Plato fought his way past Priaulx into Nelson. This gave Goff a brief break, but Plato was keen to make it a clean sweep for his team and set off in hot pursuit of the leader.

Morgan ran wide on lap four and collected an advertising hoarding on his excursion, dropping him down the order. This released Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson, but Turkington wasn't making much of a getaway from the rest, and neither was Plato a few places further ahead. Whilst Goff recorded fastest lap at halfway distance, his team-mate was all over the reigning champion. He was through at Williams on lap six and Jackson followed on a few corners later.

Plato regrouped and began to make inroads into Goff's lead, taking a tenth here and there, but MG's youngster responded, opening the gap back out by as much as the double champion had managed to close it. With two laps to go, Plato had clawed back another three tenths, and he was just 1.36 seconds behind at the start of the final tour. He claimed an entire second on that lap, but it was not enough to prevent the first MG victory of the year, and Jack's debut BTCC win.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race three
1, Jack Goff, MG Racing, MG6 GT, 12 Laps
2, Jason Plato, Team BMR, VW CC, +0.315s
3, Andy Priaulx, WSR, BMW 125i M-Sport, +2.064s
4, Sam Tordoff, WSR, BMW 125i M-Sport, +2.476s
5, Andrew Jordan, MG Racing, MG6 GT, +7.224s
6, Mat Jackson, Motorbase, Ford Focus, +10.200s
7, Colin Turkington, Team BMR, VW CC, +11.121s
8, Rob Austin, Exocet Alcosense Racing, Audi A4, +18.191s
9, Tom Ingram, Speedworks, Toyota Avensis, +18.368s
10, Rob Collard, WSR, BMW 125i M-Sport, +18.661s

Click here for a full result.

A memorable weekend for Team BMR puts two of the newly-liveried cars at the top of the championship table. Plato now leads the reigning champion by 16 points - less than a win - whilst a torrid weekend for Honda has transformed Shedden's ten point lead into a deficit of 32.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings
1, Jason Plato, Team BMR, 230 points
2, Colin Turkington, Team BMR, 214 points
3, Gordon Shedden, Honda racing, 198 points
4, Sam Tordoff, WSR, 191 points
5, Andrew Jordan, MG, 189 points
6, Matt Neal, Honda Racing, 188 points

The next major event at Snetterton is the Avon Tyres British GT Championship on 22/23 August. Tickets are available online from £18, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.