Snetterton BTCC: Goff keeps Plato at bay for maiden win

Jack Goff made the most of his reverse grid pole position in Snetterton race three to claim his first win in the BTCC and MG's first of the 2015 season.

The Buckinghamshire native did not crumble under pressure from points leader Jason Plato, leading every lap of the race on his way to the chequered flag.

While Goff headed the field at the start after a strong getaway, Sam Tordoff endured another difficult launch from second, with Andy Priaulx and Plato taking advantage.

Plato, having himself slipped behind Priaulx into turn one, then stuck his car round the outside of three-time WTCC champion at Brundle and emerged ahead, setting out after the race leader.

But Goff, who built up a two-second lead while those chasing him fought amongst each other, comfortably managed the lead as the race approached and passed the halfway point.

Plato began to make up ground in the final minutes and closed in on the final lap, but Goff held on by three tenths.

Priaulx had to deal with pressure from Tordoff, but stayed ahead of record his second consecutive third place.

Goff's teammate Andrew Jordan brought up the top five, while Mat Jackson posted the best finish of Motorbase's return round in BTCC with sixth place.

Colin Turkington, winner of the two earlier Snetterton races, had to do with seventh, while Rob Austin, Tom Ingram and Rob Collard made up the top 10.

Matt Neal, who started at the back after a black and orange flag in race two, fought his way up to 11th place.

His teammate Gordon Shedden, who had led the points heading into Snetterton, had another miserable race as he was forced to head to the pits due to car issues on lap three. He later rejoined and salvaged a point - just his third of the weekend - with the fastest lap of the race.

Plato's second-place finish allowed him to establish a 16 point lead over Turkington, with Shedden maintaining third in the standings and Tordoff moving up to fourth.

Race results:

Pos. Driver Car Time/Gap
Jack Goff MG 23'45.511
Jason Plato Volkswagen 0.315
Andy Priaulx BMW 2.064
Sam Tordoff BMW 2.476
Andrew Jordan MG 7.224
Mat Jackson Ford 10.200
Colin Turkington Volkswagen 11.121
Rob Austin Audi 18.191
Tom Ingram Toyota 18.368
10  Rob Collard BMW 18.661
11  Matt Neal Honda 20.466
12  Aron Smith Volkswagen 20.914
13  Adam Morgan Mercedes 22.184
14  Dave Newsham Chevrolet 24.825
15  Martin Depper Honda 25.954
16  Josh Cook Chevrolet 28.247
17  Hunter Abbott Audi 28.620
18  Jeff Smith Honda 36.483
19  Warren Scott Volkswagen 36.799
20  Mike Bushell Ford 39.117
21  Stewart Lines Toyota 56.110
22  Nicolas Hamilton Audi 1'03.646
23  Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti 1 Lap
24  Gordon Shedden Honda 2 Laps
Ret Robb Holland Toyota -
Ret Barry Horne Ford -
Ret James Cole Ford -

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Series BTCC
Event Snetterton
Sub-event Sunday race 3
Track Snetterton
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Jason Plato , Jack Goff
Teams Triple Eight Racing
Article type Race report