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Goff's double BTCC pole at the Snetterton Diamond Double!

Saturday, July 28 2018

Jack Goff upped the pace in a scintillating one-off qualifying session for Sunday afternoon's BTCC 'Diamond Double' celebratory race at Snetterton.

Honda driver Goff, who also secured pole for race one in the earlier session, delivered an incredible lap of 1m55.171s, four tenths quicker than his earlier pole time, with all cars running in the session without success ballast.

Halfords Yuasa Honda man Matt Neal, a key figure over the past three decades of the BTCC, proved he's still a class act with the second fastest time, 0.288s behind Goff's stunner, with Tom Chilton a delighted third on the grid, after recovering from engine issues earlier today.

Toyota's Tom Ingram was 0.025s behind Chilton, and just 0.020s quicker than Dan Cammish, with BMW man Andrew Jordan completing the top six. 

Mercedes' Adam Morgan was seventh ahead of Colin Turkington, who had set a time of 1m55.400s early on, which would have been good enough for second place on the grid, until his time was wiped out for exceeding track limits. Turkington therfore lines up in eighth place. 

Brett Smith's Honda Civic and Tom Oliphant's Mercedes A Class complete the top-10 for the 60th anniversary celebratory race, which will award double points. Goff has also secured two points for pole position, as opposed to the usual single point.

Reigning champion Ash Sutton could only manage the 15th fastest time, with his team mate Jason Plato only 23rd. 

Turkington was the first to set a time while others were warming their tyres, an effort he reduced to the 1m55.400s before it was wiped out. That pushed Goff to the top, who posted a 1m55.319s before he shaved almost two tenths of a second more off it, to again smash the Snetterton qualifying lap record, which he set just hours ago. 

Speaking afterwards, Goff commented: "You want one pole and two come at once! The boys did a great job, we had to try and find a clear track, the grid is so close and I knew we had two laps to do it. The first one wasn't quite what we wanted and I knew the second had to be special, the car was on rails!"

Should Goff win race one tomorrow, he would also line-up on pole for race two, which would mean he would earn the unique feat of claiming three BTCC poles at the same weekend. 

The one-off 'Diamond Double' will take place at the end of Sunday's racing at 17.15, and is almost double the length of a standard race. The two other BTCC contests will take place at 11.30 and 13.50.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Diamond Double qualifying top-10:

1. Jack Goff, Honda Civic Type-R, 1m55.171s
2. Matt Neal, Honda Civic Type-R, +0.288s
3. Tom Chilton, Ford Focus RS, +0.453s
4. Tom Ingram, Toyota Avensis, +0.478s
5. Dan Cammish, Honda Civic Type-R, +0.498s
6. Andrew Jordan, BMW 125i M Sport, +0.566s
7. Adam Morgan, Mercedes A Class, +0.591s
8. Colin Turkington, BMW 125i M Sport, +0.624s
9. Brett Smith, Honda Civic Type-R, +0.679s
10. Tom Oliphant, Mercedes A Class, +0.791s

Tickets for the BTCC Diamond Double raceday tomorrow (Sunday) will be available on the gate for £34 for adults, with free admission for children aged under 13 and discounts for teenagers aged 13-15 and senior citizens aged 65+. For more information, click here.