Jack Goff secures maiden BTCC win in Snetterton finale
Triple Eight Racing’s Jack Goff secured his maiden BTCC win with a highly accomplished drive from lights to flag in the Snetterton finale, heading home series leader Jason Plato and West Surrey Racing’s Andy Priaulx.
Starting from the front after securing reverse grid pole, Goff made a clean start to establish a gap while Plato and Priaulx squabbled behind him, and kept both at arms length throughout.
Priaulx initially led the Team BMR man before Plato made his move at Nelson on lap two, but Goff had already established a gap. He eased off on the final lap and was just 0.315 ahead of Plato at the flag, but had done enough to secure what is also Triple Eight’s first win of 2015.
Behind the top three, Priaulx’s team-mate Sam Tordoff was fourth ahead of Goff’s team-mate Andrew Jordan, with Mat Jackson a strong sixth on Motorbase Performance’s return.
Colin Turkington, Rob Austin, Tom Ingram and Rob Collard completed the top 10, with previous series leader Gordon Shedden taking a solitary point for fastest lap after a pitstop. Both Ingram and Collard impressed with charges from the back of the grid after their earlier troubles.
After the chaos of race two, the finale was a much more sedate affair, with Ciceley Racing’s Adam Morgan the only big mover – albeit backwards. He lost a place to Turkington on lap two, before running wide at Riches on lap five and dropping to the rear of the top 10.
Morgan lost further places to Jackson, Ingram, Collard and Matt Neal to finish 13th, while Rob Austin Racing’s Hunter Abbott was tipped into a spin on lap nine, with Power Maxed Racing’s Dave Newsham taking to the grass to avoid him.
The series now breaks for two weeks before the annual visit to Knockhill in Scotland, with Plato leading Team BMR team-mate Turkington by 16 points.