Jack Goff was left over the moon after notching his third Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship pole position in-a-row, and setting his stall out as the man to beat at Brands Hatch.
Bagging pole back-to-back poles at the end of last season, the WIX Racing with Eurotech driver continued his fine form with another sensational display at the wheel of his Honda Civic Type R.
Setting a best time of 48.038, the two-time race winner ensured that Eurotech Racing were once again the team to beat in what is one of only two qualifying sessions where all cars run on base ballast.
“I’m over the moon with that,” Goff told BTCC Crazy following qualifying. “Even after free practice two you aren’t quite sure where you stack up against everyone else so to go and put it on pole, and have all three cars inside the top ten is brilliant.
“After second practice I knew there was about 10% left in me and the car, that turned out to be three tenths of a second.
“I wanted to get pole position. It solidifies all of the hard work that the team have done over the winter and also shows that it wasn’t just the Swindon TOCA engine last year. We’ve switched to Neil Brown engines now and we’ve still done the same job.
“We’ve ticked the first box of the weekend, now we turn our attentions to race day.”
Goff had actually been second for a majority of the session, with Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish on provisional pole. However, Cammish failed to stop for a red light upon entering the pit lane and was subsequently stripped of his times, with Goff inheriting top spot.
He said: “We’ll take it. We all make mistakes and unfortunately for Dan that has happened today.”
Looking ahead to the first of tomorrow’s three encounters around the 1.2 mile layout, Goff is optimistic of converting his pole position into victory.
“We’re in good shape,” he admitted. “The first hurdle is going to be getting the car off the line because P1 on the grid is in a little divet and isn’t necessarily the best place to be starting.
“We just need to keep our nose clean on the opening laps, get into groove and go from there. Our race pace will be good.”
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