Goff hangs on in race one thriller
Jack Goff’s sensational weekend at Snetterton has continued with a victory in the wet Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship opener, but he had to use all of his talent to hang on from reigning champion Ash Sutton.
A cat-and-mouse duel took place throughout the contest after Sutton had sensationally blasted his Subaru Levorg from seventh to second on the opening lap. The WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda of Goff opened up a gap of more than three seconds in the early running but Adrian Flux Subaru Racing star Sutton was soon reeling him.
A series of fastest laps midway through the race eventually left Sutton on Goff’s tail with less than two tours of the Norfolk track to go. Slight contact through Brundle’s was followed by a pulsating scrap over the last four or five miles of action.
A wiggle through the Bomb Hole for Goff let Sutton around the outside on the last lap and both cars exited the final corner almost side-by-side. Goff fought back on the blast to the line and hauled his Honda alongside, and ultimately just ahead, of Sutton’s Subaru as the chequered flag fell – clinching an extroardinary photo finish by just 0.152s.
Rob Austin enjoyed a great battle with Adam Morgan for much of the race, with the latter making contact with the Alfa at one stage. Morgan’s luck eventually ran out as he fired his Mercedes onto the grass, and he would eventually finish tenth, whilst Austin hung on to sixth.
In-between those two at the finish was Chris Smiley (BTC Norlin Racing), Tom Oliphant (Ciceley Motorsport) and Daniel Lloyd (BTC Norlin Racing).
Three experienced BTCC protagonists put on a great show outside of the top ten as Tom Chilton, Matt Neal and Colin Turkington scrapped throughout – the trio ended up 13th, 14th and 15th respectively.
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 16 – Snetterton
1 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech 12 laps
2 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.152s
3 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +9.659s
4 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +13.619s
5 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +15.023s
6 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing +27.772s
7 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +28.082s
8 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +30.690s
9 Dan LLOYD (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +31.116s
10 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +37.164s
11 Brett SMITH (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +37.214s
12 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +41.088s
13 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +41.856s
14 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +43.115s
15 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +43.265s
16 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +44.947
17 James COLE (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +46.141s
18 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +50.407s
19 Michael CAINE (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +53.040s
20 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +1m04.086s
21 Dan WELCH (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +1m.08.664s
22 Sam SMELT (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +1m12.613s
23 Ant WHORTON-EALES (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +1m47.039s
24 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +1 lap
25 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +3 laps
26 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +8 laps
27 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +10 laps
28 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +10 laps
29 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +10 laps
30 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +12 laps
31 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +12 laps