Jack Goff ‘diamond doubles’ up in second Snetterton qualifying

Jack Goff ‘diamond doubles’ up in second Snetterton qualifying

Jack Goff
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Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff took a second successive pole position in qualifying for the ‘diamond double’ British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton, setting a new lap record in the ballast-free session.

With 27 kg of weight removed from his car, Goff went almost half a second faster than he had done earlier in the afternoon to claim pole position for Sunday’s final, double distance, race in Norfolk.

In the process, the Honda driver took home two bonus points for his second pole of the day, moving him to just one point from Adam Morgan in sixth place in the drivers’ championship standings.

Honda’s Matt Neal claimed second on the grid with a lap almost three tenths slower than Goff in the newer FK8 Civic.

Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton was delighted to claim third in his Ford Focus, after having suffered from an engine failure earlier in the day which necessitated an engine change ahead of first qualifying.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram was fourth in his Toyota, ahead of the second Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda of Dan Cammish in fifth.

Andrew Jordan was the leading BMW driver in sixth, over half a second off the pace, ahead of the leading Mercedes of Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan in seventh.

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington ended up in eighth, despite having been the pace-setter halfway through the 15-minute shootout with a lap of 1:55.400, before his time was disallowed for exceeding track limits.

The second Eurotech Honda of Brett Smith and Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Oliphant completed the top ten, with Smith having also had his best lap disallowed for exceeding track limits.

Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook was unable to replicate his pace from first qualifying, despite losing 15 kg of ballast, and ended the session in 11th as the best Vauxhall racer, whilst his team-mate Senna Proctor was 20th.

Neither of the two Subaru’s made the top ten, with Ash Sutton in 15th, over a second off the pace, and Jason Plato in 23rd, with a deficit of 1.727 seconds to the top.

HMS Racing’s Rob Austin left it until the last moment to post a time, ending up in 25th in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Race one gets underway at 11:30 BST on Sunday.

Qualifying result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 6 1:55.171 0.000
2 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 6 1:55.459 0.288
3 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 5 1:55.624 0.453
4 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 6 1:55.649 0.478
5 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 6 1:55.669 0.498
6 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 7 1:55.737 0.566
7 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 6 1:55.762 0.591
8 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 6 1:55.795 0.624
9 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 6 1:55.850 0.679
10 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 5 1:55.962 0.791
11 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 6 1:56.071 0.900
12 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 6 1:56.146 0.975
13 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 5 1:56.158 0.987
14 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 6 1:56.178 1.007
15 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 7 1:56.210 1.039
16 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 6 1:56.268 1.097
17 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 7 1:56.456 1.285
18 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 7 1:56.525 1.354
19 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 6 1:56.682 1.511
20 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 7 1:56.749 1.578
21 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 6 1:56.828 1.657
22 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 6 1:56.863 1.692
23 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 7 1:56.898 1.727
24 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 7 1:56.914 1.743
25 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 6 1:56.977 1.806
26 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 6 1:57.235 2.064
27 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 6 1:57.276 2.105
28 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 6 1:57.706 2.535
29 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 6 1:57.816 2.645
30 24 Dan WELCH Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 6 1:58.205 3.034
31 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 5 1:58.403 3.232