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Jack Goff pleased to qualify third after ‘messy’ first stint

Jack Goff was pleased to continue Eurotech Racing’s recent qualifying form despite an inconsistent first stint on circuit at Donington Park.

Goff, who clocked a fastest time of 1:09.555, some 0.143 seconds adrift of pole-sitter Ashley Sutton, told after second free practice there were probably ‘another two tenths’ in the Civic Type R package.

The one-time race winner found some of that performance following a red flag stoppage for Colin Turkington’s leaking BMW 125i M Sport and duly improved to secure his slot on the second row.

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“We found three tenths, which was what I was looking for. There’s probably another tenth – I didn’t quite get my sectors together but we’re there or thereabouts.” explained Goff.

“The first run was a bit messy, that’s why I was a few tenths away from where I could have been. We found a tenth after the red flag but I don’t think the track was quite as quick as it was in the first half of the session.”

He also believes the resurfaced areas of tarmac could prove slippery if the predicted wet conditions arrive at Donington Park during the course of racing tomorrow.

“I know round here it can be quite slippery, so being nearer the front I’d say – touch wood – you’ll be out of the carnage further back. Don’t do any heroics on the first few laps, that’s the thing – just stay out of trouble, keep position and see where we end up.

“I feel like [the rain] might sit on the new tarmac quite badly. I did the track walk on Friday and it had been raining in the afternoon. Most of the track was quite dry apart from the new bits of tarmac.”

He also admitted the key to his quick lap was securing space on the 1.9 mile National circuit.

“The biggest thing was getting clear track. Because we’re not quite at the sharp end as we leave the pits, you sometimes find yourself a little out of sync with who you’re out on track with and you have to try and be clever and work a gap, but then before you know it, you back off and somebody is coming out of the pit lane into turn one.”


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