Snetterton BTCC: Jack Goff leads all Honda top four in qualifying

Jack Goff scored his second pole position at Snetterton in a row in qualifying for Sunday's opening British Touring Car Championship race in his Honda Civic Type R

Snetterton BTCC: Jack Goff leads all Honda top four in qualifying

The Eurotech Racing driver's initial run in the 30-minute session put him in third place, but he improved on his second set of tyres to smash the existing lap record, held by Gordon Shedden from 2016.

Goff's mark of 1m55.556s put him 0.074 seconds clear of the factory Honda of Dan Cammish on the race one front row.

"We made a small change to the car and it wasn't as good as it had been in free practice. It was a 50-50 call, and we went the wrong way," said Goff, who is carrying 27kg to reflect his seventh place in the points table.

"So I am stunned with the time we managed to get out of it.

"I am delighted to be under the qualifying lap record too. I just missed out on it last year when I took pole, and now it is finally mine.

"I didn't leave anything on the table in that run, but we know we can improve the car."

Cammish had headed the times initially in his Civic Type R ahead of the Speedworks Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram.

Cammish went out again and although he improved his lap time, he was still shy of top slot.

"I don't think we can be disappointed with what we did, we were just a fraction away," said Cammish, who is running without any championship ballast.

"The car was good and I thought I had enough of a gap after the opening run, but we can't match Goff."

Cammish's team-mate Matt Neal, third in the points going into rounds, hauled his Civic to 12th place with his 57kg of ballast.

Goff's Eurotech team-mate Matt Simpson was another to improve on the second runs and will line up in third place, alongside the sister car of Brett Smith as Hondas annexed the top four spots.

Ingram, carrying 66kg, was pleased with fifth spot.

"I thought anywhere in the top 12 would be good with the weight I have got, so to be so close bodes well," he said.

"It is particularly encouraging for the next qualifying session."

Josh Cook took his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra to sixth place, ahead of the HMS Racing Alfa Romeo of Rob Austin.


Championship leader Colin Turkington, loaded with 75kg of ballast on the WSR BMW 125i M Sport, could only line up in 15th.

All cars will now prepare to take part in a separate 15-minute qualifying session later in the afternoon where they will run without championship success ballast.

The results of that will set the times for the Diamond Double race three on Sunday, which will run to extra length and offer twice the normal amount of points.

Race one qualifying

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m55.556s -
2 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 1m55.630s 0.074s
3 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 1m55.726s 0.170s
4 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m55.777s 0.221s
5 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 1m55.934s 0.378s
6 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m56.055s 0.499s
7 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 1m56.096s 0.540s
8 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 1m56.149s 0.593s
9 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m56.196s 0.640s
10 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m56.202s 0.646s
11 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m56.238s 0.682s
12 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 1m56.319s 0.763s
13 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m56.407s 0.851s
14 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 1m56.425s 0.869s
15 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m56.429s 0.873s
16 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 1m56.516s 0.960s
17 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m56.594s 1.038s
18 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 1m56.652s 1.096s
19 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m56.685s 1.129s
20 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 1m56.696s 1.140s
21 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 1m56.799s 1.243s
22 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m56.840s 1.284s
23 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 1m56.942s 1.386s
24 James Cole Motorbase Ford 1m56.942s 1.386s
25 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m57.011s 1.455s
26 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m57.045s 1.489s
27 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 1m57.403s 1.847s
28 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 1m57.545s 1.989s
29 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 1m57.551s 1.995s
30 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning MG 1m57.594s 2.038s
31 Daniel Welch Team Hard Volkswagen 1m57.775s 2.219s


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