Jack Goff admitted he was surprised to take a second career pole position at Silverstone in what was one of the closest qualifying sessions in recent memory.
With the entire 32-car grid covered by less than a second, Goff pipped Tom Ingram to top spot by a mere 0.001 in his Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R.
Admitting that his fastest lap was made up of two yellow sectors, the Snetterton pole sitter didn’t expect to challenge for the front row.
“My best lap featured two yellow sectors, but they combined to give me the best time,” he said. “On my actual best lap, I just put a wheel off at turn one which probably cost me time, but they deemed that I’d exceeded track limits and took the time away.
“Rules are rules I guess, but we could have had a little bit more of a margin.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect us to challenge for the front row as this is a circuit where the saloon cars should really be quicker than we are.
“We had to have the car really on the edge to get the time out of it, and we’ll have to see now what we can do in the races.”
Looking ahead to the first of tomorrow’s three races around the 1.64 mile National circuit, the 26-year-old is optimistic of taking his maiden victory of the year.
“Over a race distance, I think the car will be good and hopefully the fact weren’t have rear-wheel drive cars around us will help at the start,” he said.
“Previously, when we’ve qualified well, I’ve had a fast-starting BMW or Subaru to contend with and we don’t have that this time.
“It’s going to be close, but three solid races is what we are aiming for and I want to be bringing home a podium and pushing for victory.”
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