BTCC Brands Hatch: Goff takes pole after Cammish gets penalty

Jack Goff took his Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R to the first British Touring Car Championship pole of the 2018 season ahead of tomorrow's races at Brands Hatch

BTCC Brands Hatch: Goff takes pole after Cammish gets penalty

Motorbase Performance driver Sam Tordoff qualified second ahead of WSR's Colin Turkington.

The 27-year-old scored his third pole in as many race meetings after gaining the top spot halfway through the 30-minute session.

This was because Dan Cammish's Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R was stripped of the quickest time as he failed to stop for a red light at the weighbridge.

Goff, who took pole in the last two rounds of 2017 at Silverstone and Brands Hatch Grand Prix, clocked a time of 48.038s, which put him second to Cammish's 47.946s.

But the Honda man had all of his times wiped after his indiscretion midway through the session.

Cammish returned to the circuit and claimed fourth place, but was distraught after his error.

"I am heartbroken. I am through the floor," he said.

"Those were some of the best laps I have ever driven in a new car and with front-wheel drive - and I feel like I have been robbed.

"I glanced at the red light as I came down the pit road and there were radio messages in my ear and it was confusing - I panicked.

"I didn't know whether to stop in the pit road or carry on and I went back to the garage.

"I wonder if that was just TOCA [BTCC organisers] just trying to catch the new boy out.

"Despite all that, fourth isn't too bad and if I wasn't motivated before now, I certainly am now."

Speaking about his fourth BTCC pole, Goff said: "We were in P2 and then all of a sudden we were P1, but I will take it any way it comes."

Sharing the front row with Goff will be Ford Focus driver Tordoff, who is returning to the championship after a year racing GT cars.

The six-time BTCC race winner explained that being patient was the key to unlocking the speed from his car.

"I did a time, and then spent a couple of laps cooling the car down and looking for a space," he said.

"I was just biding my time, waiting for the right gap and it came to me."

Colin Turkington ended up third in his BWM 125i M Sport after setting the pace early on, while his team-mate Andrew Jordan was fifth behind Cammish.

Matt Neal rounded out the top six in the second Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R.

The top 10 was completed by Tordoff's Motorbase team-mate Tom Chilton, Matt Simpson in his Eurotech Civic, Tom Ingram's Speedworks Toyota and Goff's team-mate Brett Smith.

Rob Austin was 11th fastest in the brand new HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Further back, reigning champion Ash Sutton, who is racing his Team BMR Subaru with the older specification Mountune engine, was 18th.

His team-mate Jason Plato, who has the team's newer Swindon Racing Engines-tuned powerplant, was 29th.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 48.038s 25
2 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 0.093s 28
3 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.105s 28
4 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 0.107s 27
5 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 0.114s 31
6 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 0.126s 27
7 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 0.191s 28
8 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 0.208s 24
9 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 0.219s 24
10 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 0.230s 27
11 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 0.251s 27
12 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.272s 27
13 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 0.290s 29
14 James Cole Motorbase Ford 0.341s 24
15 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 0.358s 29
16 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 0.364s 27
17 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.381s 30
18 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 0.399s 26
19 Rob Collard WSR BMW 0.418s 31
20 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 0.435s 28
21 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.440s 27
22 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 0.612s 25
23 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 0.614s 24
24 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 0.677s 25
25 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 0.691s 20
26 James Nash BTC Norlin Honda 0.733s 27
27 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 0.806s 28
28 Tom Boardman AmD Tuning MG 0.815s 23
29 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.881s 29
30 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 0.921s 24
31 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1.136s 28
32 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 1.181s 29


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