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Goff kicks off 2018 BTCC with wet win at Brands Hatch

Sunday, April 08 2018

Jack Goff resisted constant pressure from Colin Turkington to win the opening round of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in the damp at Brands Hatch this afternoon (Sunday).

Goff, who started the race from pole position in his WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R, immediately led the race from the off, ahead of the fast starting Team BMW machines of Turkington and Andrew Jordan. Fast starting rookie Dan Cammish initially slotted into fourth behind the wheel of his Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda, before passing Jordan at Druids for third position.  

Sam Tordoff started from the front row alongside Goff, but his Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS was quickly shuffled back by the rear-wheel-drive BMWs. As a result, Tordoff was forced back into the mid pack where he was eliminated from contention by a collision with Matt Simpson.

Matt Neal was another victim of the early carnage, the three-time champion's race coming to a halt in the Clark Curve gravel trap, which brought out the safety car.

The race resumed on lap seven with Goff leading from Turkington, Cammish, and Jordan, with Tom Chilton completing the top five in his Ford Focus RS.

Jordan pushed past Cammish with a bold move at Paddock Hill Bend on lap 11, whilst just behind them Childon was dumped out of the top five by Tom Ingram at Druids, just moments later.

At the front, two-time champion Turkington got his first major run at Goff on lap 14 as the duo exited Clearways. The BMW driver lacked the traction to maintain his advantage down the main straight though, allowing Goff to remain at the head of the field.

Ingram made further progress behind the leaders as he rose past Cammish into fourth at Paddock at the start of the next lap.

Turkington continued to exert pressure in the following laps, but was unable to do anything more about the determined Goff, who clung on to claim the win and an early championship lead.

Further back, reigning champion Ashley Sutton scythed through the pack seventh from his lowly starting position, after passing Cammish on the final lap.

Result

1, Jack Goff, WIX Racing with Eurotech, Honda Civic Type R, 27 laps
2, Colin Turkington, Team BMW, BMW 125i M Sport, +0.547s
3, Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, 125i M Sport, +2.481s
4, Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +3.577s
5, Tom Chilton, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher, +11.290s
6, Adam Morgan, Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport, Mercedes A-Class, +12.263s
7, Ashley Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg GT, +14.578s
8, Dan Cammish, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +15.087s
9, Chris Smiley, BTC Norlin Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +15.115s
10, James Cole, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher, +15.612s

Photo: PSP Images