Silverstone BTCC: Goff beats Ingram to pole by 0.001 seconds

Jack Goff claimed his second British Touring Car Championship pole of the season after edging out Tom Ingram in a breathless qualifying session at Silverstone

Silverstone BTCC: Goff beats Ingram to pole by 0.001 seconds

Goff's Honda Civic Type R was a regular fixture at the top of the timesheet in a frenetic session, although his margin for pole ended up being a mere thousandth of a second over the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Ingram.

Goff rocketed to the top of the times early on with a best of 58.848s, and further improved on that time thereafter as the pack behind continued to shuffle amongst one another.

But inside the final five minutes of the session Goff had that fastest time removed, with his previous second best lap - a 58.653s - leaving him 0.001 seconds clear of Ingram.

Ingram had jumped up to second with a late effort, but had nothing else to offer and finished the session in that position - with Goff left to celebrate a second career BTCC pole, and his second from the last four rounds.

Adam Morgan was a strong third in his Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class ahead of the leading Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R of Matt Neal.

Team Hard's Jake Hill and the Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Rob Austin will share the third row of the grid for race one, while Ant Whorton-Eales secured the best qualifying result of his debut BTCC campaign with seventh in his AmD Tuning Audi S3.

Colin Turkington will start Sunday's first race from eighth, with Goff's Eurotech team-mate Brett Smith separating the WSR BMW 125i M Sport driver from chief title rival Ash Sutton on the grid.

Sutton's Team BMR team-mate Jason Plato finished the session 11th, but was shown a black flag for multiple track limits offences and sat out the final five minutes.

He will share the sixth row of the grid for Sunday's opener with the second Team Dynamics Honda of Gordon Shedden.

Championship returnee Rob Huff was 28th in his first BTCC qualifying session since 2004 in his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra.

Less than a second covered the entire field around the 1.64-mile National Circuit, with 32nd place qualifier Stephen Jelley 0.886s off Goff's best.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 58.653s
2 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.001s
3 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.049s
4 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.155s
5 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 0.164s
6 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 0.229s
7 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 0.233s
8 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.240s
9 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 0.261s
10 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 0.277s
11 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.298s
12 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.320s
13 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 0.326s
14 Rory Butcher Motorbase Ford 0.362s
15 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.369s
16 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 0.389s
17 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 0.408s
18 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 0.429s
19 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 0.435s
20 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.445s
21 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 0.447s
22 Rob Collard WSR BMW 0.463s
23 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 0.525s
24 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.526s
25 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 0.574s
26 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 0.587s
27 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 0.617s
28 Rob Huff Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.638s
29 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.773s
30 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 0.807s
31 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.842s
32 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 0.886s


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