Jack Goff expecting rain to play in his favour on race day

Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff narrowly missed out on pole position at Donington Park by just over a tenth of a second to Subaru BMR’s Ash Sutton, but expects Sutton and the rest of the rear-wheel drive cars will struggle on Sunday with rain forecast at the Leicestershire circuit.

Goff topped the second practice session in his Honda Civic Type-R, before securing third on the grid behind Sutton and the Handy Toyota of Rob Austin in qualifying for the first of tomorrow’s races.

“It didn’t quite all come together, but with P3 we’re in the right area,” said Goff to TouringCarTimes. “The most important thing is to turn up on Sunday morning with the best possible chance of having three good races.”

“It’s probably going to be wet tomorrow so there could be even more carnage going on. We just need to get through the first couple of laps, we don’t need miracles, just keep it on the black stuff.

“I haven’t done much running in (this) car in the wet. It’s the first year I’ve been to Spain to do warm weather testing, and now we’ve turned up to have qualifying in the wet at Brands Hatch and now tomorrow’s supposed to be wet as well. I’m sure it’ll be fine, and I expect the rear-wheel drive cars will struggle more in the wet in the first few laps.”

Goff admitted he wasn’t surprised in the increase in pace between practice and qualifying for BMR’s Sutton, who went from 29th in FP1 to fastest with the Levorg GT.

“I knew Ash was sandbagging in FP2,” explained Goff. “He did the same thing at Brands Hatch. He was about seventh in FP1 then suddenly ‘lost’ a second in qualifying, and the same thing happened today. They’re messing about, but I don’t really see the point.”