Jack Goff takes pole as Colin Turkington struggles

Jack Goff takes pole as Colin Turkington struggles

Jack Goff
Photo: BTCC Media

Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff took his third pole position of the season in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, as BMW’s title challenger Colin Turkington could only manage 17th after technical dramas.

Goff, who had earlier been second fastest in the day’s second practice session, went to the top of the times on his first real flying lap after two red-flag stoppages inside the first ten minutes meant the session took some time to properly get going.

The first stoppage was in fact due to Goff’s team-mate Brett Smith going off the circuit in the first few minutes at Druids corner when early rain caused the circuit to become slippery. Points leader Ash Sutton was also one of those caught out early on by the inclement conditions.

Another red flag pause was then required shortly after the session resumed, as MG’s Josh Cook slid off into the tyre barrier at Paddock Hill Bend and beached his car in the gravel.

Around the same time, Turkington encountered electrical issues which prevented his BMW’s engine from re-starting, leading to tense faces in the WSR camp, who just minutes earlier had been forced to withdraw the sister car for Rob Collard on medical grounds.

After over ten minutes of investigating the issue, Turkington was eventually able to re-join the session and post competitive lap times, although the two-time champion could only manage 17th in a challenging session for Team BMW.

Upon the resumption of the session, Goff was one of the first to go to the top of the times, initially with an effort of 1 minute 31.577 seconds before the Eurotech racer then improved twice in quick succession, posting the fastest lap of 1:30.802 after 11 minutes of action.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Aiden Moffat ended up in second, having also moved to the sharp end of the times around a third of the way through the session, although third-fastest Sutton initially put his car on the front row in second, before Moffat improved to re-take the position in final minutes.

Sutton will thus start race one from third, with the Handy Motorsport Toyota of Rob Austin alongside in fourth.

Power Maxed Racing’s Tom Chilton emerged in fifth after rising from 18th with just minutes to go to crack the top ten for the third time this season.

Matt Neal was the leading Honda in sixth, ahead of Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram in seventh, who was very briefly fastest after 12 minutes.

Team HARD’s Jake Hill was an impressive eighth fastest, ahead of the second Ciceley Mercedes of Adam Morgan in ninth, just over half a second off the pace.

Subaru’s Jason Plato completed the top ten, having slipped by three places inside the final minute of the session.

Honda’s Gordon Shedden, who is hoping to keep Ingram at bay to hold on to third overall in the championship, could only manage 16th position, spelling the end of his mathematical title chances.

Turkington’s only WSR team-mate, Andrew Jordan, could only manage 18th, directly behind the Northern Irishman, as the BMWs failed to show strong pace.

Race one takes place at 11:37 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 16 1:30.802 0.000
2 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:31.159 0.357
3 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:31.165 0.363
4 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 14 1:31.261 0.459
5 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 13 1:31.283 0.481
6 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:31.289 0.487
7 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 14 1:31.304 0.502
8 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 12 1:31.307 0.505
9 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:31.332 0.530
10 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:31.345 0.543
11 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 1:31.414 0.612
12 6 Rory BUTCHER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 13 1:31.417 0.615
13 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:31.455 0.653
14 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:31.501 0.699
15 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 17 1:31.504 0.702
16 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:31.592 0.790
17 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:31.598 0.796
18 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:31.609 0.807
19 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 15 1:31.636 0.834
20 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 17 1:31.673 0.871
21 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 16 1:31.693 0.891
22 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 1:31.693 0.891
23 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:31.703 0.901
24 28 M Josh PRICE A-Plan Academy Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:32.011 1.209
25 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 15 1:32.208 1.406
26 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 14 1:32.231 1.429
27 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 1:32.440 1.638
28 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 15 1:33.781 2.979
29 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 3 No time N/A
30 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 1 No time N/A
WD 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport No time N/A