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Goff fights off Sutton for thrilling BTCC race one win

Sunday, July 29 2018

Wix Racing with Eurotech driver Jack Goff converted pole position into a spectacular victory in the first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Snetterton, after fighting off a thrilling late charge from reigning champion Ash Sutton in wet conditions.

He finished just 0.152s clear of Sutton who surged from ninth on the grid to claim second place, and very nearly pipped Goff with an overtake on the very last corner, with Goff repassing on the run to the line with the pair finishing side by side.

Dan Cammish completed the podium, 9.5 seconds back from the lead duo, with Josh Cook, Sam Tordoff and Rob Austin completing the top six.

A boisterous opening lap saw Goff retain his pole advantage while Sutton surged up to second place off the line with a brilliant start, while further back a multi car shunt wiped out Rob Collard and Ollie Jackson, while also delaying Jason Plato, Mike Bushell and Senna Proctor.

Goff led by 1.4 seconds from Sutton at the end of a treacherous first lap, and increased the margin to 2.6s at the end of lap two and just over three seconds at the end of lap three, a tour that saw front runner Tom Ingram retire from fifth place.

The gap stabilised at the front by lap five, when Sutton claimed fastest lap. The Subaru man then began to narrow the gap with a string of further fastest laps, taking three tenths of a second out of the lead on lap six, and another three tenths on lap seven. Lap eight saw Sutton close in by another six tenths, and at the end of lap nine the gap was just over a second.

With half a second separating the pair starting the penultimate lap the fight was really on, with the pair lapping as one by the end of the lap and making brief contact after the Brundle and Nelson complex.

They started the last lap separated by 0.236s, though a slide from Sutton exiting Wilson temporarily delayed him though he was able to get up the inside at Agostini, with Goff just keeping ahead. Goff had a sideways moment of his own late in the lap which allowed Sutton to go around the outside at Coram to take the inside line at Murrays, the final corner of the race. Sutton led down to the line, but a better exit from Murrays allowed Goff to retake the lead and claim the win by the narrowest of margins.

The second race for the BTCC is scheduled to start at 13.50, with the unique Diamond Double contest starting at 17.15. 

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Snetterton race one top-10:

1. Jack Goff, Honda Civic Type-R, 12 laps
2. Ashley Sutton, Subaru Levorg, +0.152s
3. Dan Cammish, Honda Civic Type-R, +9.659s
4. Josh Cook, Vauxhall Astra, +13.619s
5. Sam Tordoff, Ford Focus RS, +15.023s
6. Rob Austin, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, +27.772s
7. Chris Smiley, Honda Civic Type-R, +28.082s
8. Tom Oliphant, Mercedes A Class, +30.690s
9. Daniel Lloyd, Honda Civic Type-R, +31.116s
10. Adam Morgan, Mercedes A Class, +37.164s

Tickets for the BTCC Diamond Double are 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.