Jack Goff put in a dominant qualifying performance in the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, taking his first pole position by almost half a second ahead of Colin Turkington.
Turkington set the early pace in the session, leading the timesheets after the first ten minutes before Goff relegated the Northern Irishman to second with a 1:56.039, the fastest lap of the weekend thus far.
Goff then went even faster in the Eurotech-run Civic Type-R, breaking the 1:55 barrier to go a colossal 0.460s clear of Turkington’s BMW 125i.
“I’m over the moon!” said Goff to ITV Sport. “It’s been a long time coming – my first pole position. We found a bit of an issue in FP1 and FP2, so it’s good to find that coming into qualifying.
“We’ve had a few bad rounds – I’ve scored one point in the last two rounds, so to come back with a bang and get on pole is great for us.”
Turkington managed to hang onto second and avoid the overtures of the rapid Ashley Sutton, who secured third on the grid. Having been adjudged to have exceeded track limits Sutton lost his best time, but the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver hit back and managed a lap faster than the one removed by the stewards.
Tom Ingram – the pace-setter in the first free practice session – managed to beat Adam Morgan to a second-row start in tomorrow’s first race, and starts directly in front of fellow Toyota Avensis runner Rob Austin, who starts sixth.
Andrew Jordan heads row four ahead of Jason Plato, who set his best time at the very end of the session to take eighth, fractions ahead of Rob Collard and Jake Hill.
Championship leader Gordon Shedden starts from a lowly twentieth, having languished in the lower reaches of the timesheets in practice, as Halfords Yuasa Racing team-mate Matt Neal starts twenty-third after having his early times deleted for failing the ride-height test.
|1||Jack Goff||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||1:55.786|
|2||Colin Turkington||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||+0.460|
|3||Ashley Sutton||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||+0.589|
|4||Tom Ingram||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||+0.877|
|5||Adam Morgan||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||+0.900|
|6||Rob Austin||Handy Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||+1.004|
|7||Andrew Jordan||BMW Pirtek Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||+1.078|
|8||Jason Plato||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||+1.238|
|9||Rob Collard||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||+1.239|
|10||Jake Hill||TAG Racing||Volkswagen CC||+1.271|