Snetterton BTCC: Goff leads all-Honda top four in qualifying
Jack Goff scored his second pole position at Snetterton in a row after qualifying for Sunday’s opening BTCC race in his Honda.
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 1m 55.556s put him 0.074s clear of the factory Honda of Dan Cammish to determine the order for race one.
“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 Honda 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.
His teammate Matt Neal, third in the points going into rounds, hauled his Honda to 12th place with his 57kg of ballast.
Goff’s Eurotech teammate 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, ended up fifth.
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, could only line up in 15th.
All cars will now prepare to take part in a separate 15-minute qualifying session later this 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.
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