Snetterton BTCC: Eurotech's Jack Goff tops Honda practice dominance

Hondas dominated the opening free practice sessions at Snetterton ahead of the British Touring Car Championship this weekend with Eurotech Racing runner Jack Goff at the head of the timesheets

Snetterton BTCC: Eurotech's Jack Goff tops Honda practice dominance

Goff, who is seventh in the championship points, improved from 13th in practice one to top the second session with a 1m55.684s lap, which was more than two tenths clear of the rest of the pack.

"We tried a few things in free practice one, but we went back to what we knew in practice two and I think we got all we could from the car - there's not much left," said Goff.

"I went out on new tyres at the end of the session but I ran wide at a corner so decided to abort the lap - there is no point risking anything as it is only practice, but I think we are in a very good place ahead of qualifying."

The factory Honda Civic Type-R of Dan Cammish was second in the timesheets with a strong lap towards the end of the session.

"I think we will have great pace for qualifying," said Cammish. "We went out on some scrubbed new tyres and the car reacted well - I was nailed on some corners almost to the point where it was at the limit of the driver rather than the car. It felt great, and there will be more to come later this afternoon."

Goff's team-mate Matt Simpson, a winner at Oulton Park earlier this season, was third in the times after topping the earlier session.

"We have been out of the car for six weeks [since the last rounds at Croft in June] and I wanted to play myself back in," said Simpson. "We put the same set-up we had at Oulton Park on the car, and I was comfortable straight away.

"We didn't run with new brakes or new tyres, so I feel I can dip well inside the 1m55s lap times when it comes to qualifying."

Team Hard VW CC driver Mike Bushell set the fourth fastest time overall to underscore his impressive third fastest in the morning, and he was followed by another Eurotech Honda, that of Brett Smith, in fifth position.

The top six was completed by the HMS Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Rob Austin, while championship leader Colin Turkington was 10th overall with 75kg of success ballast on his WSR BMW 125i M Sport.

In session one, the two Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra drivers Josh Cook and Senna Proctor collided on the out-lap. Cook was trying to keep out of the way of another car and locked up in the slippery conditions, cannoning into the back of Proctor's sister machine. Cook was forced to miss the session due to the damage, while Proctor continued after repairs.

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Tom Ingram, who is second in the points coming into the meeting, suffered an electrical failure on the engine wiring loom during the opening session and was only able to complete five laps in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis. He was 15th in session two.

Both Tom Oliphant in his Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Smith were given black flags in second practice for track limits infringements.

The drivers will take part in two qualifying sessions this afternoon. The first is a 30-minute session which will set the grid for the opening race of the weekend and takes place at 1510hrs.

Race three is the special celebration race, which will offer double points. It will feature a standalone 15-minute qualifying session where no driver will be required to carry championship success ballast. It is scheduled to begin at 1740hrs.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 1m56.783s - 13
2 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 1m56.837s 0.054s 14
3 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 1m56.937s 0.154s 15
4 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m57.112s 0.329s 13
5 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m57.139s 0.356s 11
6 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m57.186s 0.403s 10
7 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m57.305s 0.522s 11
8 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 1m57.340s 0.557s 13
9 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m57.425s 0.642s 14
10 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m57.557s 0.774s 10
11 James Cole Motorbase Ford 1m58.065s 1.282s 12
12 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m58.109s 1.326s 11
13 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m58.215s 1.432s 10
14 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 1m58.828s 2.045s 11
15 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 1m58.958s 2.175s 10
16 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 1m59.192s 2.409s 9
17 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning MG 1m59.500s 2.717s 8
18 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m59.864s 3.081s 10
19 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 2m00.139s 3.356s 9
20 Daniel Welch Team Hard Volkswagen 2m01.479s 4.696s 7
21 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 2m03.522s 6.739s 6
22 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 2m04.600s 7.817s 12
23 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 2m11.194s 14.411s 9
24 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 2m11.724s 14.941s 10
25 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 2m12.476s 15.693s 9
26 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 2m15.948s 19.165s 8
27 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 2m18.287s 21.504s 8
28 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 2m20.968s 24.185s 5
29 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 2m22.786s 26.003s 9
30 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 2m23.441s 26.658s 10
31 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall - - 0

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m55.684s - 10
2 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 1m55.928s 0.244s 15
3 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 1m56.024s 0.340s 12
4 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 1m56.024s 0.340s 12
5 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m56.077s 0.393s 13
6 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 1m56.202s 0.518s 13
7 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 1m56.436s 0.752s 15
8 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m56.452s 0.768s 14
9 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 1m56.473s 0.789s 13
10 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m56.547s 0.863s 13
11 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m56.752s 1.068s 14
12 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m56.754s 1.070s 15
13 James Cole Motorbase Ford 1m56.830s 1.146s 13
14 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m56.874s 1.190s 13
15 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 1m56.924s 1.240s 13
16 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m56.953s 1.269s 12
17 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m56.956s 1.272s 14
18 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m57.014s 1.330s 10
19 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m57.058s 1.374s 15
20 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 1m57.121s 1.437s 12
21 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 1m57.290s 1.606s 12
22 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m57.353s 1.669s 13
23 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 1m57.394s 1.710s 15
24 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 1m57.430s 1.746s 13
25 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 1m57.471s 1.787s 14
26 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m57.795s 2.111s 9
27 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 1m57.961s 2.277s 12
28 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 1m58.272s 2.588s 10
29 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning MG 1m58.732s 3.048s 12
30 Daniel Welch Team Hard Volkswagen 1m59.275s 3.591s 14
31 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford - - 6


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