Brands Hatch BTCC: Goff takes second straight pole ahead of finale

Eurotech Racing's Jack Goff claimed a second straight pole in a hectic British Touring Car Championship qualifying session at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch BTCC: Goff takes second straight pole ahead of finale

Goff, who had been second fastest in practice behind team-mate Brett Smith, dragged his Honda Civic Type R to a fastest time of 1m30.802s to beat the Laser Tools Racing Mercedes A-Class of Aiden Moffat to top spot by 0.357 seconds.

Championship leader Ash Sutton qualified third in his Team BMR Subaru Levorg, while title rival Colin Turkington salvaged 17th after the first half of his session was blighted by a technical problem.

Green-flag running in light rain at the beginning of the session was short-lived, as qualifying was quickly brought to a halt after Smith hit the barrier at Druids.

A five-minute delay ensued but by the time that was over and cars had returned to the track the rain shower had dissipated, and drivers quickly began to lap representatively compared to Saturday's practice sessions.

The Motorbase Ford Focus of Mat Jackson went fastest on a 1m32.943s before a second red flag was shown to allow marshals to recover Josh Cook's MG, which had gone off at Clearways.

With the MG6 recovered, the session ran without stoppage thereafter and it was Goff who stamped his mark on the session.

Although the Eurotech driver was briefly displaced at the top of the timesheet, Goff went two tenths clear with his second flying lap and on his next pulled half a second clear of the pack.

Though he was unable to improve his time on his final run, Goff remained well clear of the pack to clinch his third pole of the season.

Sutton threatened to steal top spot with his final lap, but ultimately could not improve and instead held on to third - behind Moffat and ahead of the Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Rob Austin.

Tom Chilton qualified fifth in his Vauxhall Astra, ahead of the Team Dynamics Civic of Matt Neal.

The red flag periods proved a blessing for championship hopeful Turkington, who was able to recover from a misfire early on in the session.

Turkington had not set a representative lap by the time the session restarted for a second time and had spent the previous brief green flag period in the pits, but his WSR team was able to return him to the track with 15 minutes of the half-hour session remaining.

The Northern Irishman jumped up to 17th with his first representative effort, and though his position fluctuated thereafter he continued to chip away at his time.

He ended the session 0.796s off the pace, and will share the ninth row of the grid for Sunday's opening race with team-mate Andrew Jordan.

"It was obviously a very difficult session for the team," said Turkington. "I had an issue on my car from the first lap.

"We cured the problem, but it left em with very little opportunity to set a lap time. The positive is we're 17th instead of the back of the grid."

Turkington is 10 points behind Sutton in the points.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m30.802s
2 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.357s
3 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 0.363s
4 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 0.459s
5 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.481s
6 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.487s
7 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.502s
8 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 0.505s
9 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.530s
10 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.543s
11 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.612s
12 Rory Butcher Motorbase Ford 0.615s
13 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.653s
14 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.699s
15 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 0.702s
16 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.790s
17 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.796s
18 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 0.807s
19 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.834s
20 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 0.871s
21 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 0.891s
22 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 0.891s
23 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 0.901s
24 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1.209s
25 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1.406s
26 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1.429s
27 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1.638s
28 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 2.979s
29 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG -
30 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda -


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