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Jack Goff takes stunning BTCC pole position at Snetterton

Saturday, July 29 2017

Jack Goff stormed to pole position at Snetterton today (Saturday) with a stunning lap to head the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship field ahead of tomorrow's opening race of the weekend.

The session got underway with the rear-wheel-drive cars setting the early pace as they warmed their tyres up. Rob Collard's BMW led the Subaru of James Cole on the first flying lap before Colin Turkington posted a time closer to the morning's practice pace.

As the front-wheel-drive cars joined the fray, practice two topper Goff traded sector times with Turkington. The BMW man was within two tenths of Tom Ingram's practice one best before Goff almost matched the Toyota's time. Meanwhile Matt Neal moved his works Civic up to third-fastest, ahead of Ingram and Ashley Sutton's Subaru, but the Honda failed a ride-height check in the pitlane and Neal's time was disallowed*.

The first significant improvement in the second half of the session came from Adam Morgan, who moved up to fourth place ahead of Sutton. The sister Laser Tools Mercedes of Aiden Moffat then posted the eighth-best time, sandwiching the two Jacksons, Mat's Motorbase Ford two places ahead of Ollie.

Goff posted the fastest first sector time of all with eight minutes remaining, and followed this with a purple second sector. The Eurotech Honda came past the line with storming 1:55.786s lap, almost half a second clear of Turkington's BMW.

Next, Rob Austin moved up to fourth before losing the Toyota at Riches on the following lap, with nothing more than pride damaged. He lost a place in the order, however, for Sutton went third quickest. Not for long, though, as a track limits infringement lost him the lap and four places on the provisional grid.

With two minutes remaining Goff was out of the car and celebrating in the pits as his rivals tried their hardest to steal pole position away from the Eurotech driver. Sure enough, no-one could prevent Goff from taking his maiden BTCC pole, at the track where he took his first BTCC win two years ago with MG.

A delighted Jack said: "We rolled the car out in FP1 as we finished from the test day, it felt nothing like it did in the test. The lads found an issue with the car. That lap time could not have been faster, I was sideways on the lock stops!"

All three BMWs were in the top ten, with Turkington on the front row and with rear-wheel-drive cars traditionally faster off the start, in a strong position for the opening race. Jordan claimed seventh and Collard ninth. Of the Subarus, Sutton moved back up to third, with Jason Plato an encouraging eighth, with Ingram, Morgan and Austin all starting well within the top ten. Jake Hill completed the top ten, a strong result for the Team HARD charger. Of the works Hondas, Neal ended up 23rd, three places behind championship leader Gordon Shedden.

*UPDATE: Honda successfully appealed Neal's disqualified times and the triple champion will start tomorrow's opening race from fourth on the grid. 

The opening BTCC race of the weekend takes place at 11:37 tomorrow.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Qualifying

1, Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, Honda Civic Type R, 1:55.786s
2, Colin Turkington, Team BMW, BMW 125i M-Sport, +0.460s
3, Ashley Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg, +0.589s
4, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +0.829s
5, Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +0.877s
6, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Motorsport, Mercedes Benz A-Class, +0.900s
7, Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +1.004s
8, Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, BMW 125i M-Sport, +1.078s
9, Jason Plato, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg , +1.238s
10, Robert Collard, Team BMW, BMW 125i M-Sport, +1.239s

Raceday tickets for the BTCC at Snetterton are available on the gate for £34 on, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.