Goff takes maiden BTCC victory
Jack Goff secured his maiden victory in the BTCC with a lights to flag win in the final race of the weekend at Snetterton.
The Triple Eight driver had started from pole position thanks to the reverse grid draw and made the best start when the lights went out to hold his place into turn one.
As was the case with defending champion Colin Turkington in the earlier two races, Goff was then able to control proceedings from the front as he picked up his first win in the series; building a lead of two seconds and then holding off the challenge of Jason Plato through the final two laps.
Goff’s win was also the first for the MG team this season – and also marked the first time the team had led a race this year.
Plato followed Goff to the flag in second to cap a fine weekend for Team BMR; falling just 0.3secs shy of beating the youngster to the flag after Goff had a slight moment through Coram on the final lap.
Andy Priaulx completed the podium in third, having made up places with a fine start to the race which saw him jump up to second when the lights went out. Having then lost a position to Plato, the WSR driver was left to enjoy a somewhat lonely race as he failed to keep pace with the VW man but was able to keep himself clear of the pack behind.
Sam Tordoff in the second of the BMWs was fourth from the second MG of Andrew Jordan, while the top six was completed by Mat Jackson in the strongest race of the weekend for the returning Motorbase team.
Turkington, after his earlier two wins, had to settle for seventh spot with Rob Austin, Tom Ingram and Rob Collard rounding out the top ten; the latter finally enjoying some improved luck after being taken out of races one and two by the first corner.
Ingram and Collard were the best placed of those drivers who were forced to fight back from issues in the chaotic second race, with Matt Neal and Aron Smith following close behind although there was disappointment for Gordon Shedden who was again in the wars having been forced to pit with a mechanical issue.
Although he rejoined, the Scot would fail to socre in 24th spot.
Kieran Gallagher, James Cole, Barry Horne and Robb Holland were the drivers who failed to finish.
Having led the standings heading into Snetterton, Shedden has now dropped to third with Plato now leading the pack by 16 points from Turkington. Shedden sits a further 16 points behind, with Tordoff, Jordan and Neal rounding out the top six.
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