Race Report - Round 2 Donington Park 2017
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:07
Eurotech Promising Form Continues
The BTCC stormed in to Donington Park for the second event of the season under dramatic skies on Easter Weekend.
Eurotech immediately made an impression with Jack Goff placing P2 in Free Practice 1 and P1 in Free Practice 2 with teammate Jeff Smith finishing P13 in both sessions within the hugely competitive field. The bar set at keeping both cars up in the top ten was met with Jack qualifying an impressive P2 and Jeff in a strong P9.
Despite ominous skies the rain held off for race 1. With a Eurotech car qualifying on the front row of the grid for the second round in a row the whole team were feeling confident. Both cars made great starts off the grid but Jack on the outside of the front row was pushed off on to the grass by the barging front pack at turn 1 and then took a hit on the back corner from Gordon Shedden resulting in him tumbling down the field, he made a great recovery back up to a P12 finish. Jeff had a good race long battle with Adam Morgan and despite struggling with diminishing tyre grip in the latter stages of the race he managed to hang on to finish P9.
Jack fared better in race 2 progressing up through the field to a good finish in P9. Jeff was on the hard tyre option and was on track to finish behind his team-mate in P10 when some dubious overtaking under double waved yellows on the last corner which went unpunished meant he finished in a frustrating P13.
Immediately before race 3 the heavens opened and the rain came down, with the whole grid on wet tyres the extent of the surface water became apparent when cars were aqua-planing off the track on the green flag lap. Despite the monsoon the race was not delayed (much to the dismay of most competitors) and the grid lined up to take at start that was only ever going to end up in carnage! Jack starting from pit lane after a delay changing to wet set up meant he missed the allotted time to exit the garage ahead of the green flag lap – unbeknown at the time this then proved to be a god send.
The race started and the inevitable happened with cars going everywhere on the first lap resulted in a red flag and a complete restart which enabled Jack to retake his P9 grid position. Jeff suffered heavy front end and steering damage, which the team managed to repair as best they could on the grid to enable him to restart. In treacherous conditions the Type R of Smith was sent sliding across the grass at turn 1 putting him way down the field to try and battle his way back through but a coming together with Chris Smiley causing further damage ended his race with a DNF. Goff was relishing in the wet conditions and put in a commendable drive up to a P6 finish securing a good points haul for the day.
The Eurotech Team are riding high in a strong 5th place in the overall Teams Championship with Jack now 6th overall in the Drivers Championship. The team are looking ahead to Thruxton buoyed by their current form with the confidence that podiums are well within reach.
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