Jack Goff pips Tom Ingram to pole position at Silverstone by 0.001

Jack Goff has taken his second pole position in four events after topping the times in a frenetic qualifying session at Silverstone, pipping Tom Ingram by 0.001.

Setting a best time of 58.653, the Eurotech Racing driver hit the front in the early stages of the session having initially lost his fastest time due to track limits.

Goff was just one of several drivers that were adjudged to have exceeded track limits around the 1.64 mile National circuit during the session as slipstreaming became the norm.

Ingram, who was fastest in free practice, left his charge for the top late on, setting a string of laps to bump him up the order. Unfortunately for the Speedworks Motorsport driver, it wasn’t to be good enough for pole position.

Adam Morgan continued his return to form with the third fastest time and will be joined on the second row of the grid by Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal.

Jake Hill scored his best qualifying performance of his career in fifth with Rob Austin rounding out the top six in his Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis.

Ant Whorton-Eales meanwhile scored AMD Tuning’s best qualifying of the season with seventh in his Audi S3.

First of the championship protagonists was Colin Turkington, down in eighth. The Team BMW driver, carrying 66kgs, was little over two tenths of a second behind Goff and more importantly ahead of Ashley Sutton.

Brett Smith made it both Eurotech machines inside the top ten in ninth with Sutton managed to salvage tenth. The Team BMR driver benefitted from plenty of teamwork throughout the session to drag his ballast-ladened Subaru Levorg around the circuit.

Jason Plato was 11th but didn’t finish the session after being black-flagged for track limits whilst Gordon Shedden managed 12th.

Josh Cook, who is racing under an appeal, could only manage 18th with the fourth championship contender Rob Collard not far behind down in 22nd.

Rob Huff, making his first BTCC appearance in 14 years and filling in for Tom Chilton, scored 28th.

Tyre choices are set to be announced by Dunlop at 10:00 tomorrow morning with the opening race of the day scheduled to start at 11:57.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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