Jack Goff soaks up pressure from Turkington to win season opener

Jack Goff soaks up pressure from Turkington to win season opener

Photo: Ebrey/BTCC

Jack Goff resisted race-long pressure from double champion Colin Turkington to win the British Touring Car Championship season opener at Brands Hatch.

The pole-sitter made a perfect start in the Honda Civic Type R, fending off the WSR duo of Turkington and Andrew Jordan into Paddock Hill Bend, from where he was never headed at the front of the field.

Their challenge was made possible by wheel-spin on the Ford Focus RS of Sam Tordoff off the line, who would later be forced to pit following contact and a spin onto the grass with Matt Simpson at Surtees, putting him two laps down.

The same incident would force Matt Neal to park his Honda Civic Type R FK7 in the gravel at Clearways.

Turkington looked the stronger of the BMW pairing in the middle of the contest as the BMW 1-series brought its tyres up to temperature, but ultimately failed to find a way past Goff.

Team-mate Jordan rounded out the podium in third and will celebrate his 300th start in the series in the middle race this afternoon.

The double podium for BMW marks their 100th in the championship with the NGTC 1-series.

Tom Ingram underlined the pace of the Toyota Avensis on base weight after cutting through from the fifth row to take fourth, his move to the outside of series rookie Dan Cammish at Druids at two-thirds distance one in a number of superb passing moves.

Tom Chilton led Motorbase Performance’s charge in fifth, with Adam Morgan sixth in the Mercedes A-Class.

Reigning champion Ashley Sutton might have finished higher had a slower-starting Morgan not halted his electric getaway, but as it was the Subaru Levorg GT still moved forward from 14th to 7th at the chequered flag.

Cammish eventually finished eighth, edging out the BTC Norlin Honda of Chris Smiley in a photo finish, whilst the second Shredded Wheat-backed Motorbase Ford of James Cole rounded out the top ten.

It proved a difficult debut for the HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta after brash contact between Tom Oliphant (Mercedes) and Rob Austin left the latter with a broken right-rear towlink and forced him into retirement.

There were equally frustrating starts to the 30-race series for the third BMW of Rob Collard, who could only manage 15th, and two-time champion Jason Plato in 20th.

Interestingly, none of the drivers on the option tyre elected to use the loophole in the rules that means running to the grid on option tyres, before swapping to wets before the race start means the tyres have technically been ‘used’.

As a result, drier conditions this afternoon will necessitate those drivers to nominate another of the two remaining races to use the softer rubber in.

The second race of the afternoon gets underway at 14:25.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 27 27:11.465 55.934 1
2 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 27 0.547 55.900 3
3 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 2.481 56.204 5
4 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 27 3.577 56.268 9
5 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 11.29 56.530 7
6 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 12.263 56.433 13
7 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 14.578 56.039 18
8 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 15.087 56.335 4
9 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 15.115 56.547 16
10 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 15.612 56.434 14
11 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 27 16.352 56.707 10
12 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 27 24.724 56.933 23
13 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 27 25.244 56.870 24
14 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 27.530 57.199 17
15 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 27 28.106 57.108 19
16 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 28.689 56.885 15
17 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 29.739 56.914 26
18 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 27 30.860 57.041 28
19 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 27 31.281 56.978 27
20 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 32.190 57.170 29
21 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 27 36.255 57.266 30
22 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 36.635 56.742 20
23 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 40.825 57.285 31
24 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 27 52.214 57.784 32
25 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 26 1 Lap 57.171 25
26 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 25 2 Laps 56.064 2
27 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 25 2 Laps 56.642 21
R 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 DNF 55.849 12
R 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 6 DNF 1:08.040 11
R 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 6
R 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 8
R 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 0 DNF 22