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.
|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|