Jack Goff storms ahead to take maiden pole position at Snetterton

Jack Goff storms ahead to take maiden pole position at Snetterton

Jack Goff
Photo: BTCC Media

With dry, overcast conditions surrounding the Snetterton 300 circuit this afternoon, Jack Goff secured his maiden pole position on pure merit for round 16, as the British Touring Car Championship made its return to racing after the customary six-week summer break.

The Eurotech Racing driver continued his good form from second free practice to post his best effort of a 1:55.786 around the 2.969-mile circuit with just seven minutes remaining in the 30-minute session. Team BMW UK’s Colin Turkington will line up alongside him on the front row for the first race tomorrow, with an effort that was 0.460 seconds slower than the Honda driver.

Ashley Sutton provided the best effort from the Subaru contingent in third, whilst Speedworks’ Tom Ingram completing the top four, who were separated by 0.877 seconds.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan put his Mercedes-Benz A-Class up into fifth, a further 0.013 seconds behind Ingram, whilst Rob Austin best effort with six minutes to go initially put him fourth. The Handy Motorsport driver had a sideways moment coming out of Riches on the very next lap that sent him into a 360-degree spin, compromising his later efforts in the session.

Andrew Jordan was also in the hunt for a top five spot on the grid for the first race of the weekend, but had to settle for seventh. Jason Plato’s herculean efforts in the dying seconds of qualifying putting his Subaru Levorg GT up into eighth, ahead of both Rob Collard and TAG Racing’s Jake Hill, with the pair completing the top ten.

Mike Epps missed out on the top ten by 0.010 seconds from Hill, but was faster that Motorbase’s Mat Jackson and Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat, with Team AMD’s Ant-Whorton Eales being the best of the Jack Sears Trophy contingent in 14th with his Audi S3.

Several drivers found some of their best lap times deleted by race control for exceeding track limits, which included Sutton, Morgan, Whorton-Eales and Subaru’s Josh Price, whilst both Matt Simpson and Stephen Jelley having their fair share of off-track excursions in the last five minutes. 

Simpson would spin off at Riches and hit the signage off the outside line of the corner, whilst Jelley’s Ford Focus suffered right front suspension damage in a seperate incident.

But the biggest drama was for the Halfords Yuasa pairing of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal, with the latter having his best time deleted for failing a ride height inspection halfway through the session, having posted the third fastest time at that point.

UPDATE: Neal subsequently had his best time reinstated after the team appealed the decision, giving him fourth for race one and dropping all drivers from Ingram to Smith down one position.

Shedden, who is running with maximum success ballast for the first race this weekend, was able to gradually improve through the latter stages of the session to as high as 16th place. But the defending champion and points leader will start from 20th tomorrow, with team mate Neal only managing as high as 23rd.

Race 16 of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship gets underway tomorrow morning at 1137 local time, lasting for 12 laps.

Q1 results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:55.786 0.000
2 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:56.246 0.460
3 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 1:56.375 0.589
4 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 12 1:56.663 0.877
5 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 13 1:56.686 0.900
6 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 11 1:56.790 1.004
7 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:56.864 1.078
8 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 1:57.024 1.238
9 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:57.025 1.239
10 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 12 1:57.057 1.271
11 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 9 1:57.067 1.281
12 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 6 1:57.140 1.354
13 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 1:57.171 1.385
14 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 11 1:57.191 1.405
15 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 11 1:57.262 1.476
16 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 11 1:57.275 1.489
17 28 M Josh PRICE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 1:57.342 1.556
18 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 12 1:57.368 1.582
19 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 9 1:57.421 1.635
20 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 1:57.443 1.657
21 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 13 1:57.449 1.663
22 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 1:57.462 1.676
23 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:57.564 1.778
24 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 1:57.590 1.804
25 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 10 1:57.661 1.875
26 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 1:57.707 1.921
27 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 11 1:57.718 1.932
28 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 8 1:58.311 2.525
29 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 10 1:58.406 2.620
30 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 11 1:58.805 3.019
31 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 12 2:00.751 4.965