Jack Goff takes sensational victory in thrilling wet final contest at Silverstone

Jack Goff takes sensational victory in thrilling wet final contest at Silverstone

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Jack Goff gave Team HARD their first ever British Touring Car Championship victory in a highly dramatic final race after he made an inspired decision to run wet tyres as track conditions worsened at Silverstone.

The four-time BTCC winner pitted at the end of the green flag lap and applied wet tyres to his Volkswagen CC while the majoirty of the field started on slicks.

Track conditions then worsened as rain fell harder and Goff made up lost ground behind the safety car, which was deployed to recover Matt Simpson’s stricken Honda at Luffield.

Aiden Moffat followed suit under the safety car and put on wet tyres, battling Goff for the win before a spin on the exit of Copse corner cost him a shot at victory.

He continued to finish second and give the Infiniti Q50 its first ever series podium, while Matt Neal completed the podium after also benefitting from a tyre change.

In the early stages, polesitter Ash Sutton led the way as former team-mate Josh Cook also made progress, eventually taking the lead before conditions worsened and the safety car was deployed to recover Matt Simpson’s Honda, which had been hit by a sideways Andrew Jordan.

A raft of runners then pitted behind the safety car – Matt Neal the most successful of those – with Goff and Moffat going toe-to-toe for the lead in what was the wet-shod honours at that stage in the race.

As the pair progressed through the field, the runners on slicks fell back and eventually even cars who had dropped nearly a lap down progressed to fill the top ten.

Of those, Tom Oliphant capped off a strong day at Silverstone with fourth position, while Tom Chilton completed the top five in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS.

Jason Plato also continued his strong run of results in sixth, while Colin Turkington cruically extended his advantage out front by finishing seventh, just one position ahead of title rival and WSR stablemate Andrew Jordan.

Fellow Team HARD racer Michael Crees secured his best-ever BTCC result in ninth as another to progress late on assisted by wet Dunlop rubber, while Bobby Thompson rounded out the top ten for a dream result for Team HARD.

Jake Hill was the first of the slick-shod runners to take the chequered flag in 11th, while Dan Cammish held on to finish 12th despite coming to blows with Josh Cook at Copse as the pair struggled on wet conditions, with the latter suffering from broken suspension which resulted in a non-score.

Mark Blundell was another to enjoy his best-ever result by making late progress to come home 13th, with the same applying to Rob Smith who secured his first points in 14th position.

Rounding out the points-paying positions was Ash Sutton, who pitted from second position to run wet rubber, but returned to the track a lap down.

In terms of the title ramifications, Turkington now enjoys a 16 point lead over Cammish heading into the final meeting at Brands Hatch, with fellow BMW runner Jordan a further point behind.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 25 28:22.240 1:02.760 21
2 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 25 7.300 1:03.625 29
3 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 25 13.968 1:03.646 28
4 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 25 25.596 1:03.384 5
5 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 25 26.295 1:03.143 20
6 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 25 29.883 1:03.253 8
7 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 25 30.020 1:03.034 10
8 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 25 33.061 1:02.973 4
9 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 25 35.424 1:04.100 19
10 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 25 37.015 1:03.526 13
11 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 25 40.813 1:05.652 16
12 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 25 43.527 1:05.702 9
13 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 25 44.108 1:03.306 18
14 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 25 49.349 1:03.789 22
15 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 25 50.344 1:02.778 1
16 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 25 1:02.332 1:06.286 27
17 21 I Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 25 1:02.687 1:05.264 3
18 44 I Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS 25 1:03.456 1:06.473 12
19 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 25 1:12.292 1:06.510 14
20 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 24 1 Lap 1:04.332 30
21 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 1 Lap 1:06.590 26
22 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 23 2 Laps 1:02.978 11
23 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 23 2 Laps 1:04.299 24
24 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 21 4 Laps 1:06.252 25
25 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 20 5 Laps 1:04.541 15
26 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 5 Laps 1:03.096 7
R 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 10 DNF 1:06.454 6
R 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 8 DNF 1:07.163 17
R 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 2
R 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 0 DNF N/A 23
BTCC points deficit after Round 27
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