BTCC Snetterton: Jack Goff scores his first victory in race three

Jack Goff claimed his maiden British Touring Car Championship win with victory in the final race at Snetterton

BTCC Snetterton: Jack Goff scores his first victory in race three

The MG driver survived a late scare to take the win ahead of Jason Plato, who has moved into the championship lead over the three races in Norfolk.

Goff led the partial reverse-grid encounter from pole and used his soft tyres to build an early lead over Andy Priaulx, who had beaten team-mate Sam Tordoff off the line and passed Plato round the outside into Riches for the first time.

Plato responded on lap two by guiding his Team BMR Volkswagen CC expertly back past the WSR BMW with a brave move at the Esses where he ran side-by-side with Priaulx through the first part and holding the inside line into the right-hander.

Goff had a 1.9-second advantage by the time they started the second lap and drove superbly to manage that gap until the final two laps, when Plato started to chip away.

With the advantage little more than a second heading into the final sector Goff had a wobble through the second part of the high-speed Coram corner, but held on to win by 0.3s.

Plato edged clear of Priaulx in the closing stages as the three-time world champion clinched his second podium of the day by fending off Tordoff.

Andrew Jordan kept his championship challenge on track with fifth, though the MG man was off the podium for the second weekend in a row.

He made up two places in the finale, first when Adam Morgan ran wide under pressure at Riches on lap four and second with a good move on the day's double victor Colin Turkington at Williams.

Turkington was also passed by Mat Jackson's Motorbase Ford Focus, though the 2014 champion will be pleased to have risen from fifth to second in the points - 16 behind Plato - thanks to two wins and a seventh this weekend.

Tom Ingram's charging drive from 20th was rewarded with ninth, less than two tenths behind a resilient Rob Austin and ahead of another recovering driver in Rob Collard.

Honda's Gordon Shedden looked set to score points in the finale after a strong start but then suffered a boost problem and was forced to pit.

It capped a miserable weekend for the erstwhile championship leader, who is now third in the standings and 32 points behind Plato.

RESULTS - 12 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jack Goff MG MG 23m45.511s
2 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 0.315s
3 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 2.064s
4 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 2.476s
5 Andrew Jordan MG MG 7.224s
6 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 10.200s
7 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 11.121s
8 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 18.191s
9 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 18.368s
10 Rob Collard WSR BMW 18.661s
11 Matt Neal Honda Honda 20.466s
12 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 20.914s
13 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 22.184s
14 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 24.825s
15 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 25.954s
16 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 28.247s
17 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 28.620s
18 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 36.483s
19 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 36.799s
20 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 39.117s
21 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 56.110s
22 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 1m03.646s
23 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 1 Lap
24 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 2 Laps
- Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota Retirement
- Barry Horne Team Parker Ford Retirement
- James Cole Motorbase Ford Retirement
- Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota Retirement

DRIVERS' STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Jason Plato 230
2 Colin Turkington 214
3 Gordon Shedden 198
4 Sam Tordoff 191
5 Andrew Jordan 189
6 Matt Neal 188
7 Andy Priaulx 168
8 Jack Goff 162
9 Adam Morgan 157
10 Rob Collard 133
11 Aron Taylor-Smith 122
12 Tom Ingram 105
13 Rob Austin 66
14 Dave Newsham 56
15 Josh Cook 55
16 Aiden Moffat 38
17 Martin Depper 26
18 Hunter Abbott 23
19 Mat Jackson 22
20 Jeff Smith 22
21 Warren Scott 20
22 Mike Bushell 8
23 James Cole 5
24 Barry Horne 3
25 Robb Holland 2
26 Simon Belcher 1
27 Derek Palmer Jr. 1
28 Daniel Welch 1
29 Kieran Gallagher 1

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