Jack Goff claims pole position for BTCC season opener at Brands Hatch

Jack Goff claims pole position for BTCC season opener at Brands Hatch

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Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff has taken pole position for the British Touring Car Championship season opener amid gloomy conditions, edging out the returning Sam Tordoff by 0.093 seconds.

Series rookie Dan Cammish starred behind the wheel of the new-for-2018 Honda Civic Type R FK7, leading the timesheets for a spell before his quickest time was wiped out.

That promoted Goff to the head of the field from which he was never bettered, though Cammish was able to recover on his second run to take fourth behind 2017 runner-up Colin Turkington in the BMW 125i M Sport.

Turkington’s team-mate Andrew Jordan claimed fifth ahead of the second works Honda in the hands of Matt Neal, with Tom Chilton continuing a strong day for Motorbase Performance in seventh.

Matt Simpson marked the start of his tenure with Eurotech with his best qualifying finish to date, taking eighth in the hatchback-shaped Type R.

Tom Ingram has won the series’ opening round for the last two seasons in succession and will start ninth in the Toyota Avensis, with Brett Smith rounding out the top ten.

Reigning champion Ashley Sutton struggled for pace and wound out in the middle of the pack with 14th, as team-mate Jason Plato similarly downbeat in 29th.

Q1 results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 25 48.038 0.000
2 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 28 48.131 0.093
3 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 28 48.143 0.105
4 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 48.145 0.107
5 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 31 48.152 0.114
6 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 48.164 0.126
7 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 28 48.229 0.191
8 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 48.246 0.208
9 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 24 48.257 0.219
10 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 27 48.268 0.230
11 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 27 48.289 0.251
12 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 48.310 0.272
13 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 29 48.328 0.290
14 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 24 48.379 0.341
15 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 29 48.396 0.358
16 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 48.402 0.364
17 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 30 48.419 0.381
18 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 26 48.437 0.399
19 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 31 48.456 0.418
20 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 28 48.473 0.435
21 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 48.478 0.440
22 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 25 48.650 0.612
23 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 24 48.652 0.614
24 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 25 48.715 0.677
25 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 20 48.729 0.691
26 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 48.771 0.733
27 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 28 48.844 0.806
28 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 23 48.853 0.815
29 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 29 48.919 0.881
30 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 24 48.959 0.921
31 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 28 49.174 1.136
32 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 29 49.219 1.181