Rising stars Jack Goff, Senna Proctor and Tom Ingram shared the victory spoils in a hugely entertaining opening weekend of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.
Goff started from pole and won the opening race in his Eurotech Honda Civic Type R, although he had to fend off a strong challenge from former champion Colin Turkington (WSR BMW).
The second race was a thriller, as a drying track shuffled the order. Speedworks Toyota Avensis driver Ingram led most of the way from Andrew Jordan (WSR BMW) and Goff, but when the track dried late on the wet-shod frontrunners faded and those who had gambled on slicks charged to the front.
Aiden Moffatt (Laser Tools Mercedes) and Proctor (Powed Maxed Vauxhall Astra) led the way, before clashing while battling for the lead. Proctor, 19, survived and held on for his maiden win, ahead of Jake Hill (Volkswagen CC).
Having faded to 11th in race two, Ingram scythed through the order in race three, overhauling the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Rob Austin to claim victory – and the early points lead.
Here are some more things we learned from Brands Hatch…
Goff’s a defensive demon
Sometime Rolls-Royce driver Goff’s third BTCC race win came on a difficult slippery track, and under immense pressure from Turkington. It also showed that BTCC drivers are capable of racing hard but fair.
“Colin had better traction out of the final corner with his rear-wheel drive car, and we had a little rub on one occasion, but he’s a very fair driver and we came out fighting,” said Goff.
“I told my engineer and he said ‘let’s put slicks on’. I said: ‘We’re not going to win the race on wets but we just might on slicks, so let’s give it a go’ – and look what we’ve done.”