Qualifying 2: Jack Goff does the ‘Diamond Double’
Jack Goff has produced one of the best performances of his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship career so far by taking pole position in both qualifying sessions at Snetterton, following up his earlier effort with a monumental lap record in the ballast-free encounter that sets the grid for tomorrow’s landmark ‘Diamond Double’ race.
The WIX Racing with Eurotech star has been in fine form throughout the day, topping FP2 before taking pole in the opening qualifying session, but it was his breathtaking display in today’s special celebratory qualifying session that will live long in the memory.
Championship leader Colin Turkington was the first to set a benchmark lap but the timing screens were soon lit up during the frenetic 15-minutes of running.
When the dust settled, quite literally around the scorching 2.99-mile Norfolk circuit, it was Goff’s lap time of 1:55.171s that would clinch one of the most prized pole positions in the illustrious 60-year history of the BTCC.
Matt Neal – a three-time champion and a man whose career has spanned across three of those BTCC decades – showed that he still has so much to offer as the most experienced man on the grid took second.
Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher driver Tom Chilton was another joyous character in the pitlane post-session after he grabbed an all-important tow from the Honda of Dan Cammish to secure third on the grid.
Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram pipped Cammish for fourth, whilst Pirtek-backed Andrew Jordan was the first BMW home in sixth.
Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan bounced back to form with seventh, whilst Team BMW’s Turkington had to settle for eighth at the finish. Young guns Brett Smith and Tom Oliphant rounded out the top ten.
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Qualifying 2 – Snetterton
1 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech 1m55.171s (92.80mph)
2 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.288s
3 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.453s
4 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +0.478s
5 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.498s
6 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.566s
7 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +0.591s
8 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.624s
9 Brett SMITH (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +0.679s
10 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +0.791s
11 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +0.900s
12 James COLE (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.975s
13 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.987s
14 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +1.007s
15 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +1.039s
16 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +1.097s
17 Dan LLOYD (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +1.285s
18 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +1.354s
19 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +1.511s
20 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +1.578s
21 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +1.657s
22 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +1.692s
23 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +1.727s
24 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +1.743s
25 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing +1.806s
26 Michael CAINE (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +2.064s
27 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +2.105s
28 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +2.535s
29 Ant WHORTON-EALES (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +2.645s
30 Dan WELCH (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +3.034s
31 Sam SMELT (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +3.232s