Jack Goff says he could have been even quicker on his pole position lap at Snetterton, despite the Eurotech Racing driver been almost half a second clear at the head of the field.
Goff, who had also been the pace-setter in second practice, took his first-ever outright BTCC pole in dominant form, being 0.460 seconds ahead of BMW’s Colin Turkington.
The Eurotech Honda driver explained to TouringCars.Net following the session that he went into qualifying in a confident mood having found a problem on his Civic earlier in the morning which upset the balance of his car.
“I’d like to say we were sand-bagging in practice, but we had a problem with the car and we couldn’t find it between FP1 and FP2,” explained Goff. “Over the lunch break we had a bit of time and the lads stripped some stuff down and we found a problem. It was nice to go into qualifying knowing we’d found the problem that was causing the instability in practice.
“In FP2 we were still P1, so to have that sort of pace and know we had a problem with the car meant that we went into qualifying quietly confident.
“I think there’s a few more tenths in it as well, because we didn’t get the lap absolutely perfect. If you look at the onboard when it comes out I had a big old moment into the hairpin and maybe we could have had a few more tenths.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s first race, Goff is cautious about predicting a second career BTCC win at the venue where he first stood on the top step of the winner’s rostrum due to the presence of a rear-wheel drive BMW and Subaru directly behind him.
“I’m in a good position as far as being on pole, but I’ve got two rear-wheel drive cars directly behind me. I’m going to have to get the best start of my life and they’re going to have to have a shocker for me to be able to hold them off into Turn One, but we’ll certainly give it our best shot.
“The last time I won was here, so we’ve had good omens, but I’ve got to be very careful as we’ve got rear-wheel drive cars around us that will look after the tyres, so I’ve not only got to beat them off the line but I’ve got to get a bit of a gap and look after my tyres. It’s not going to be straightforward.”
Goff added that he didn’t feel his near half-second advantage at the top of the times was that big, given that both Turkington and Ash Sutton behind him are carrying success ballast.
“Obviously Turkington has got quite a bit of ballast on board, but if you take that out of the equation around here he’d probably find six or seven tenths.
“[The gap] looks big but it’s the first round we’ve run at with no ballast, so we should have been on pole really. We had a great car – the Eurotech boys have given me a great little Type-R – and it was down to me really at that point.
“It looks massive but I don’t think it is in the grand scheme of things.”