Jack Goff takes close pole position at Silverstone

Jack Goff takes close pole position at Silverstone

Jack Goff
Photo: BTCC Media

Jack Goff secured his second pole position of the season in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone in a dominant fashion, ending up a mere 0.001 seconds ahead of Tom Ingram.

The qualifying session started dry, although rain was threatening and starting to fall.  As expected, the teams’ put the cars out straight away to try to get a ‘banker’ lap in case the rain continued and became heavier.

Fortunately the suspected rain never developed to anything and the session and track remained dry, although the temperature was low cold (track temperature being just under 14 degrees) so everyone seemed to be struggling initially with getting heat into their tyres.

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s James Cole was the first driver to go sub one minute, putting in a 59.872, some 5 minutes into the qualifying session.  This was quickly followed by his team mate and Championship leader Ash Sutton with a 59.712 and then Josh Price with a 59.945 – the Subaru Levorgs were obviously the first to get their tyres to work.

Ten minutes in, however, and everything was changing quickly lap after lap on what is one of the shortest circuits on the BTCC calendar.  Provisional pole was set by Matt Neal, Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington (who as the first driver to go sub 59 seconds) within the space of a few minutes.

Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff’s Honda Civic was looking speedy throughout, putting in a 58.848 for provisional pole after having a huge slide into Brooklands on the previous lap! Handy Motorsports’ Rob Austin was also putting in some fast times, moving up to 2nd with just 19 minutes left of qualifying.

Once again, track limits were an issue with several drivers getting black and white warning flags, several having lap times removed (Mat Jackson, Goff, Brett Smith, Stewart Lines and Jason Plato) and Plato and Lines both getting black flags for continued infringements!

Ciceley Motorsports’ Adam Morgan seemed to be struggling to get heat into the tyres of his A Class Mercedes as the car was sliding and jumping quite spectacularly.  However, he managed to get the car and the tyres working as, by the half way point, he was second, ahead of Neal in third and Goff on provisional pole.

The championship protagonists, however, were really struggling at the half way point, likely due to carrying championship ballast.  Whilst Turkington was in 5th (with an additional 66 kg), Shedden was in 17th (57 kg) and Sutton in 18th (75 kg), all with plenty of work to do.

The top three remained static for some time, although the positions below them were changing constantly.

With just 6 minutes of qualifying left, Sutton and Shedden were still nowhere near the top three.  Sutton was in 13th and Shedden 9th.  Goff, in the meantime, was securing his pole position by going even faster and putting in a 58.634 and no one could better this.

Tom Ingram managed a 58.654 to put him a very close second in the closing stages by just 0.001 seconds, pushing Morgan to third, Neal into 4th and Jake Hill into fifth.  Austin and Ant Whorton-Eales both managed strong times to secure sixth and seventh respectively and Turkington, Smith and Sutton rounded out the top ten.

Shedden ended down in 12th but with the whole field covered by just 0.886 seconds, Sunday’s racing is expected to be close.

Race one takes place at 11:57 BST on Sunday.

Qualifying results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 21 58.653 0.000
2 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 22 58.654 0.001
3 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 23 58.702 0.049
4 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 58.808 0.155
5 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 19 58.817 0.164
6 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 20 58.882 0.229
7 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 22 58.886 0.233
8 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 25 58.893 0.240
9 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 23 58.914 0.261
10 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 26 58.930 0.277
11 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 58.951 0.298
12 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 21 58.973 0.320
13 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 24 58.979 0.326
14 6 Rory BUTCHER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 22 59.015 0.362
15 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 19 59.022 0.369
16 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 25 59.042 0.389
17 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 22 59.061 0.408
18 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 17 59.082 0.429
19 28 M Josh PRICE A-Plan Academy Subaru Levorg GT 21 59.088 0.435
20 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 21 59.098 0.445
21 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 20 59.100 0.447
22 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 25 59.116 0.463
23 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 23 59.178 0.525
24 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 59.179 0.526
25 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 22 59.227 0.574
26 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 21 59.240 0.587
27 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 17 59.270 0.617
28 37 M Rob HUFF Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 59.291 0.638
29 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 17 59.426 0.773
30 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 21 59.460 0.807
31 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 59.495 0.842
32 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 21 59.539 0.886