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Jack Goff takes first BTCC pole position

Eurotech Honda Civic driver Jack Goff took pole position at Snetterton ahead of race day tomorrow in the British Touring Car Championship, his first career pole in the series.

Goff was fastest in the final free practice session earlier today and set a time of 1.55.786, a time that would end up being almost half a second faster than the early pacesetter Colin Turkington in the WSR BMW entry. The High Wycombe driver returned to the pits early, content with his time and when the 125i BMW of Turkington couldn’t improve it was celebration time for the Eurotech team.

“We rolled the car out in FP1 as we’d left it after the test day [but] the car felt nothing like it had then,” said Goff.

“The lads did a bit of work after FP2 and it completely transformed it.”

Turkington was pleased with his efforts as well with a heavy success ballast car.

“It was a surprise to me this morning to be where we were, as the BMW always goes well around here. We hadn’t looked fast in practice, so it’s nice to flip it around in qualifying with the improvements we made from free practice. The guys gave me a great car when it mattered and I’ll take second place all day with the third heaviest car out there.”

It was an interesting session for Team BMR Subaru driver Ash Sutton. After initially taking third his time was deleted for exceeding track limits before the Essex born driver returned to that position in the closing moment of the 30 minute session. The Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram was fourth while Rob Austin took fifth and even spun the car at Riches shortly after his fastest lap.

2013 champion Andrew Jordan put his BMW seventh while multiple champion Jason Plato took eighth on his final lap at the wheel of his Subaru Levorg. Championship leader Gordon Shedden had a tough session. The Scot, lumbered with the maximum 75kg of success ballast, was 1.6 slower than the pole sitter and will start race one from a lowly 20th place. His team mate Matt Neal was in the top three early on but after his Honda Civic failed a ride height test his time was deleted. With the car raised to meet regulations Neal could only manage a pair of runs in the final minutes and will start 23rd.

Andrew Campbell
Photo Credit: BTCC.net


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