Treacherous conditions, safety cars, controversy and incidents were the story of the day at Knockhill as the BTCC headed north of the border to the roller coaster Scottish circuit over the August bank holiday weekend.
Both Wix Racing with Eurotech Honda Type R’s of Jack Goff and Brett Smith showed good pace in Free Practice with Goff second fastest in FP1 and Smith seventh fastest in FP2 however the twisting tight nature of the circuit with 31 cars all trying to get space proved impossibly difficult to string together a lap in qualifying with Goff struggling to find a clear lap in P17 and Smith faring slightly better in P11.
All three races on Sunday were full wet conditions, being in the midst of the fighting mid-field train it was a case of damage limitation with virtually no visibility, particularly in race 2. Goff managed to fight his way to three points finishes in P15, P8 and P9. Smith finishing in P13, P19 and a DNF in race three after receiving damage when another car slowed suddenly without warning in front of him to pull in to the pitlane, ending his race and a frustrating day.
It was another difficult round for the team but they remain focussed now on the next two rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP, both circuits they have had success at and will head to confident of bouncing back to winning ways.
Taking the positives, the Wix Racing with Eurotech Team remain P3 in the Independent Teams Championship, just eight points away from leaders Speedworks. Although Jack Goff has slipped down in the Driver’s Championship to P8 he is still mathematically in contention and good results at Silverstone could see him back near the top of the table. This is BTCC and anything can happen, with six races remaining it’s all to play for.
Eurotech Racing have announced that they are no longer to run the Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R of Matt Simpson with immediate effect following the Rockingham rounds on Sunday 12th August.
Since joining Eurotech at the start of the 2018 season Simpson has shown huge improvement with a string of top ten finishes, highlighted by a stunning pole position that was converted to a win at Oulton Park, subsequently topped with a podium in race three at Rockingham.
Eurotech Team Principal Jeff Smith said ‘having helped Matt to his best ever season in BTCC we were completely shocked to be told that he no longer wanted to run with us, especially immediately after the podium in race three. Whilst we are disappointed not to be running Matt for the rest of the 2018 season we wish him the best of luck in the remaining three rounds and beyond’.
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed to Snetterton in Norfolk for its celebratory 60th anniversary ‘Double Diamond’ weekend over 28th/29th July where the Wix Racing with Eurotech Team firmly reignited their championship challenge with Jack Goff, dominating both free practice and qualifying sessions, setting a new pole lap record, achieving an incredible win in one of the most memorable close finishes across the finish line and finishing second in the special anniversary Double Diamond long distance race.
The team’s form was evident from the start in Saturday’s first free practice session with the Simpson Racing, Eurotech-run Honda Civic Type R of Matt Simpson topping the lap times on a fast drying-out damp track. In free practice two for much of the session all three Eurotech type R’s were P1, P2 and P3. When the chequered flag dropped it was Jack Goff who topped the times with Matt Simpson P3 and Wix team-mate Brett Smith P5.
Conditions were fully dry for qualifying and again the strength of the Eurotech Type R’s was prominent with Goff taking pole and setting a new lap record, Simpson P3 and Smith P4, completing an almost Eurotech front lock-out, with Dan Cammish sitting in between in P2 making an all-Honda front two rows for the race 1 grid.
Marking the special 60th anniversary was a second qualifying session for the ‘Double Diamond’ race, which would be race three of the day on Sunday, where the grid would contest a longer length 60 mile (20 lap) race with all cars carrying no ballast creating a one-off race offering double points up for grabs. Once again Goff put the black and yellow Wix liveried Type R on pole position, further smashing his own lap record from qualifying 1. Smith in P9 and Simpson P13 after both falling foul of track limits and having their fastest lap times disallowed.
With Sunday came the rain, a relief from the recent high temperatures but making for unpredictable track conditions. Goff was textbook smooth away from pole position in race one and drove with intent from the off building up a commanding three second lead in the wet. Goff’s lead looked comfortable but the Subaru of reigning champion Ash Sutton was closing him down in the latter stages, resulting in one of the closest most exciting BTCC race finishes ever, on the final lap Sutton was on Goff’s back bumper exiting Nelson, going to the outside the pair were side by side round the length of Coram with Sutton getting his nose in front and the inside line making his move in to the final corner Murrays to snatch the lead from Goff, looking like it was all over but Goff dived to the inside getting a better run on Sutton who had two wheels on the wet curb, resulting in a drag race to the line with Goff just pipping Sutton over the line by 0.152 of a second much to the delight of the Wix Racing with Eurotech garage. Smith had a good finish in P11 completing a strong points haul. Simpson unfortunately sustained damage resulting in a DNF.
With a very short turn around period after the no. 31 car was released from parc ferme before it had to be out again for race two, the team suffered a huge blow just missing out by seconds on the pit lane closure time while trying to make set up changes according to the weather, meaning Goff would have to start race two from the pit lane rather than his P1 position. The entire field opted for slicks even although the circuit was still wet in places making for some lively driving in the slippery conditions, Smith was in the thick of the action having a race long battle with Tom Chilton eventually finishing in a solid P12, Goff and Simpson battled their way up through the rough driving standards at the back of the pack to P17 and P19 respectively.
Race three was the hotly anticipated special 60th anniversary ‘Double Diamond’ race over 20 laps, the grid was formed from the second qualifying session with Jack Goff sitting on pole position for a second time. Goff again made a clean getaway taking the lead from BTCC veteran Matt Neal with Tom Ingram getting the better of Tom Chilton in to third place, the order at the front stayed the same for the first half distance, when a light rain shower started to come down, Goff being first in to the changing conditions was the first to lock up allowing Matt Neal to get past into turn two, the slippery conditions not giving any real opportunity to fight for the place back, and holding off pressure from Ingram in the closing laps they came across the finish line in that order with Neal somewhat appropriately taking the ‘Double Diamond’ honours with Goff a superb P2 and Ingram P3. The racing at the front was impeccably clean but the chasing pack was typical elbows out touring car style, exaggerated further by the conditions. Team-mate Smith had been progressing well through the squabble for the places making up the top ten when the Mercedes of Tom Oliphant was spun in front of him leaving him nowhere to go resulting in a heavy coming together with Oliphant and the tyre barrier. Simpson drove a fantastic race with his best finish of the day in a commendable P8.
The hugely successful weekend has lifted Jack Goff back up to P4 in the Driver’s Championship putting him back in to serious Championship contention, just one point behind Matt Neal in P3 and seventeen points behind leader Tom Ingram. Also promoting him to P2 in the Independent Drivers.
The Wix Racing with Eurotech Team are challenging again for the Independent Teams Championship crown in P2, just three points behind leaders Speedworks, and are sitting P4 overall in the Teams Championship.
Jack Goff reflected; ‘That was a pretty special weekend. To not only be a part of the 60th anniversary weekend, but to put it on pole position in both qualifying sessions with a new lap record will be something that will live long in my memory. To then convert Pole into a race win and a P2 in the diamond double race along with two independent wins was just a great way to bounce back after our disappointment of Croft. The team did a fantastic job over the summer break to find an answer to our issues and the two day official tyre test at Snetterton really helped us iron out those problems from croft. We leave Snetterton with the biggest points haul by something like 16 points. Which has helped us move up into P4 in the overall championship and second in the independents. Finally I would just like to thank everyone at Wix Racing with Eurotech, all of our amazing sponsors and the fans for braving the conditions on Sunday. See you all at Rockingham.’
Team Principal Jeff Smith said ‘I am incredibly proud of the whole team, we came here after a shocking round at Croft which has turned in to our bogey circuit, but we kept our heads up and kept pushing, we knew our cars are strong at Snetterton and we worked on improving our strengths at the two day test here which has obviously paid dividends. The lads have driven brilliantly and this has been the result of a fantastic team effort, it is even more special being the 60th Anniversary round, I am proud that we will go down in the history books as a part of that success and that we are back on track to seriously push for the Championship.’
The team now head to Rockingham on 11/12th August on a high looking to build further on the successes of Snetterton.
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship charged in to Oulton Park for the fourth outing on the 2018 calendar, the rounds at the Cheshire circuit traditionally produce some unpredictable results and this weekend fully lived up to that expectation.
The Wix Racing and Eurotech cars made a strong impact from the start with Matt Simpson and Brett Smith topping the lap times in Free Practice 2. The Eurotech Honda Type R’s dominated qualifying with Matt putting in a storming lap to take his maiden Pole Position, Jack Goff in P6 lap despite carrying 48kgs of ballast and Brett in P7 rounding out a successful Saturday with all three cars in the top seven on a circuit known to favour the rear wheel drive cars. In typical close BTCC style the top 24 cars were separated by less than a second.
All eyes were on Matt for race one who kept his cool and made a textbook start pulling away from Sam Tordoff off the line and in to turn one. Holding off pressure from Tom Chilton and with ominous looking smoke coming from the car in the latter stages of the race, he managed to keep the Type R out in front to take a faultless lights to flag victory and his first BTCC win, consolidating the incredible progress he has made since joining the Eurotech Team. The Wix Racing with Eurotech duo of Jack and Brett were under attack from the BMW’s of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard for much of the race bringing the black and yellow Wix Type R’s home safe for a strong points score of P8 and P11.
Matt said after race one ‘I had to get away cleanly into turn one and managed to get there in the lead. I saw Tom Chilton looming but I held on – I’m over the moon as it’s a dream come true.’
Unfortunately it was the end of the road for the on form Simpson Type R as the smoke coming from the car in Race 1 was found to be an engine problem that could not be rectified in time forcing a gutting retirement for the remainder of the day. Brett was also struck with bad luck in race two being spun off the circuit in to a precarious position at the hairpin narrowly avoiding being collected by the field, recovering to claw his way back up to P19 from the back. Jack fared better holding on to a P8 finish bagging more points.
Race three didn’t complete a lap before the red flags were brought out due to a multi-car accident on the start/finish line immediately in front of Brett which he did really well to avoid being involved in. After making strong progress up in to a points scoring position Brett was issued with a five second penalty for stopping outside of his grid box, even with this frustrating set back he managed to get the flying Type R back up to finish in P18, and set the fastest lap of the race. Jack made some great overtakes to get himself in front of the two Motorbase Fords and finished in a fantastic P4 behind the three WSR BMW’s who had broken away and first Independent.
Despite feeling like it was a very up and down weekend the team come away from Oulton Park lifted with a great points haul and have moved back to the top of the Independent Teams Championship, Jack having scored solid finishes in every race has moved up to joint second place in the Drivers Championship and leads the Independent Drivers Championship.
Jack Goff’s thoughts; ‘Overall it was a good weekend, heading into qualifying with 48kgs we knew it would be pretty tough as Oulton Park is probably the worst track to carry ballast, so to finish P6 I was pretty happy. The first two races were a bit of damage limitation then in race 3 to finish P4, top independent and first FWD Car was a good way to end the weekend. This also catapulted us to top of the independent Drivers and Teams Championships and joint second overall in the Drivers Championship. Looking ahead to Croft we know it’s going to massively suit the RWD Cars, so we will be looking for a similar weekend to Oulton Park and to go into the summer break in a solid position in the championship. I would just like to thank all of our amazing sponsors and guests who came along to support us at the weekend.’
Wix Racing with Eurotech headed in to round three of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on a confident charge following a win and a podium at rounds one and two. The venue Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire, the fastest circuit in the UK is a proven hunting ground for the Eurotech Type R, the team achieving a podium there last year with Jack Goff.
But it was Brett Smith who threw down the gauntlet in Qualifying putting the Type R in an impressive P3, his best qualifying to date. Jack Goff’s Type R was struggling with power issues and laden with ballast he managed a P14 start position and Matt Simpson after having his fastest lap time disallowed for exceeding track limits qualified in a strong P11.
The hot sunshine reaching 22 degrees on race day helped to bring out a record crowd for Thruxton. The green flag dropped on Race one and Brett unfortunately bogged down on the start dropping him down the order, he got his head down and fought back to a commendable P8 finish. Matt Simpson was in the thick of the action finishing in P12 and Jack still with the 48kgs of ballast on board brought his type R home in P13 producing a really strong points haul with all three cars scoring.
Race two saw Jack lose the ballast and be able to move the Honda up the grid to a good P8 finish. Brett made a much better start and was moving forward until an off on the grass caused damage forcing a frustrating DNF and Matt was holding his own battling to stay in the points with a P14.
In race three Jack put in the drive of the day with the Type R flying from P8 up to a fantastic P2 finish to end the day on a high and continue the trophy roll. Matt also had another good fight to bring his Simpson Racing with Eurotech Honda home in P12. Brett was again making good progress up through the field from the back when he sustained rear suspension damage from a hit at the Complex which meant he couldn’t continue.
Eurotech said ‘All in all a very successful day, it looked at times to be disappointing but on the whole the team and drivers did a fantastic job, Jack’s drive in race 3 was phenomenal, Brett’s qualifying performance was incredible and Matt had brilliant race and qualifying pace and had three consistent strong points finishes so a great job all round.’
Wix Racing with Eurotech are now P2 in the Independent Teams Championship just two points behind leaders Cicely Motorsport and P3 in the overall Teams Championship. Jack Goff is P4 in the overall Drivers Championship and P3 in the Independent Drivers Championship.
Wix Racing with Eurotech kicked of the 2018 BTCC Season spectacularly at Brands Hatch at the weekend with a pole position and a win and are now leading the Teams Championship.
The Wix Racing with Eurotech duo of Jack Goff and Brett Smith showed their pace by taking P1 and P2 in the second Free Practice session of the weekend in their striking black and yellow Honda Civic Type R’s.
In qualifying Jack Goff secured the first pole position of 2018, the second year in a row for the Eurotech squad with Jeff Smith taking the opening pole position in 2017. The full 32 car grid was separated by an incredible 1.18 seconds. Brett Smith qualified in P10 and Matt Simpson, also running under the Eurotech Racing banner for 2018 took his best qualifying result of P8, putting all three Eurotech run Type R’s in the top ten.
Jack held off race-long pressure from former BTCC Champion Colin Turkington to successfully convert pole position in to the first win of the year in a dramatic wet race 1, Wix Racing with Eurotech team-mate Brett Smith entering his first full season in the Championship took an impressive P11 finish.
The changing conditions in Race 2 did not go in the favour of the Wix Racing with Eurotech pair, both opting like the majority of the field to run the Dunlop BluResponse wet tyres, Jack with 75kgs maximum success ballast on board managed to keep the Type R at the sharp end for much of the race but the fast drying out circuit resulted in the cars on slick tyres coming through like a train and those on the wet tyres slipped back down the order, Jack finishing P10 and Brett P20. It was a great drive from Matt Simpson on slicks from the back of the field after a DNF in race 1 to finish in P7, his best finish in the Championship.
Race 3 was dry and a typically rough elbows-out final race of the day, Jack had made great progress through the field and was charging for a podium place behind leaders Rob Austin and Tom Ingram but was hindered by contact with the squabbling pack, ending up a good points scoring P8. Brett also on the receiving end of some heavy contact managed to bring the Type R home in P22 and Matt Simpson had another really strong P7 finish.
Team Principal Jeff Smith said ‘what an amazing way to start our 2018 campaign, pole positon and all three cars in the top ten for qualifying, followed by a great win by Jack Goff in race 1. We have clearly given Matt a car he can put up the sharp end, we are looking to continue with these type of results with all three cars.’
The team heads in to the second BTCC round at Donington on 28/29th April buoyed by its success, sitting proudly at the top of the Teams Championship and with Jack Goff P2 in the Drivers Championship.
We are delighted to announce that WIX Filters will become Title Sponsors of Eurotech Racing for 2018, with the team entering the Championship as ‘WIX Racing with Eurotech’. The partnership is a new and exciting venture for WIX Filters, continuing our long history in motorsports worldwide, and having a two car entry in the BTCC for the first time.
“We are very much looking forward to starting a new era with Eurotech and intrigued to see what this season brings, especially with the newly confirmed deal using Honda engines” Dave Warren, WIX Filters Managing Director
Eurotech’s two car team will double the brands exposure and provide fans with more action on the track. With Jack and Brett behind the wheel of the all new WIX Racing Honda Civic’s, we look forward to supporting the team in the BTCC this coming year. Fans of both WIX Racing and Eurotech can expect the signature black and yellow look for the 2018 season. Both cars and merchandise will also present in the ever popular WIX colours.
“It is a privilege to be working with such a big motorsport name as WIX, and we are looking forward to rewarding them with some major silverware” Jeff Smith, Eurotech Team Owner
“I am over the moon to be working with WIX in the 2018 BTCC season. They have an amazing heritage in the world of motorsport and I can’t wait to be the next person to represent them on and off track. It’s fair to say the cars look stunning as is always the case with the WIX Racing cars.” Jack Goff, WIX Racing driver
Catch the new WIX Racing Honda Civic Type R at Media day on March 27th at Donington Park and see the striking new black and yellow livery for yourselves. We can’t wait to see them both roll out of the garages for the first round at Brands Hatch.
Eurotech Racing have today confirmed they will be reverting to the 2013 championship winning combination of Honda Civic Type R’s and Neil Brown built Honda engines, alongside this Eurotech have agreed a new technical partnership with Ravenol Lubricants.
Eurotech Racing has today confirmed that Brett Smith will complete their driver line-up for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Brett, son of Eurotech driver and Team Principal Jeff Smith, completed half-a-season with the team last year having come into the fold to replace his father, who was sidelined by injuries sustained from his accident at Croft.
Despite the step up, the 2017 MINI Challenge champion handled the swift introduction to Britain’s premier motorsport championship nicely with an impressive initial test followed by points on debut at Snetterton.
Building on this momentum, he went on to seal two Jack Sears Trophy victories at Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP respectively, as well as the MINI Challenge Championship in the interim by a considerable margin – one rarely seen in single make championships of its standing.
Come the finale weekend at Brands Hatch GP, Smith junior was really finding his stride – setting the third quickest time in Free Practice 1 and going better still by notching the quickest time in Free Practice 2, ahead of team-mate Jack Goff.
The team are brimming with confidence heading into 2018 with the retention of Goff and Smith proving a boon. Coupled to the introduction of the ever-improving Matt Simpson, the outfit are well-placed to build upon last year’s achievements and mount another challenge for both the Independent Teams’ and Drivers’ titles that it narrowly missed out on in 2017.
“Obviously the circumstances around me coming into the BTCC weren’t ideal,” said Brett. “It would have been great to share the grid with my Dad as I have done in the Mini Challenge, though we are all still hoping that can be realised with a swift recovery!
“Nevertheless, it’s always been a dream of mine to race in the BTCC. It has a rich history, and it’s an unrivalled spectacle but for me it’s the challenge of beating 31 other drivers who on their day are also capable of beating you.
“There are very few other championships in the world which can lay claim to that and it’s my intention this year to build upon the steady progress I made between Snetterton to Brands Hatch and to be towards the front, challenging for podiums and, with a little bit of reverse grid luck, possibly even a win in 2018.”
“The BTCC is a monumental step up from any other UK championship,” added Eurotech Team Principal Jeff Smith. “With Brett having had no testing in the Honda Civic Type R, we were initially quite conservative on car set up.
“Whilst I have always been aware of Brett’s natural talent as a driver, I like many others were taken aback by just how quickly he got to grips with BTCC. As we saw in Free Practice at the final race weekend at Brands, he was fully committed.
“Unfortunately in qualifying, he was caught out by the rapidly changing conditions. Had this not happened, I’m sure he would have been right at the sharp end and would have got his maiden podium. Given this success, I see no reason for Brett not to be challenging very hard this year and look forward to seeing him on the podium.”
Eurotech Racing is pleased to announce the retention of Jack Goff for 2018, with the High Wycombe racer set to contest a second consecutive Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign with the outfit.
Eurotech and Goff proved a potent, successful and popular combination throughout the 2017 BTCC season achieving the highest number of pole positions with three, along with seven podiums, four Independents’ victories and one outright win.
“I am delighted to have signed for my second year with Eurotech in the Honda Civic Type R,” said Goff.
“It will be the first time I have been with the same team in the same car for a second year running which will be a massive positive for our championship challenge in 2018.
“I get on very well with everyone at Eurotech and felt at home straight away there last year.
“We have a good testing plan in place to work on some areas where we know we can improve, so I will be heading into the year with high hopes of improving where we finished in 2017.”
“We are very pleased to continue working with Jack,” said Jeff Smith, Team Principal at Eurotech Racing.
“We had a really strong season last year, we work well together and that has shown from the results, Jack fits in to our team dynamic perfectly.
“To be able to confirm his seat this early on in the year enables us all to hit the ground running and press on with our 2018 plans and preparation.
“The continuity will be a massive advantage to us and Jack for our assault on the 2018 season where we will be building on our success with the aim being securing both the Independents and outright championships.”
Eurotech Racing has confirmed that it is to run Matt Simpson in the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as it expands to a three-car strong line-up of Honda Civic Type Rs for the season ahead.
The former European Hot Road champion returns to the BTCC for a third consecutive campaign, and will once again be piloting the Simpson Racing Honda, sponsored by Simpson Exhausts and Simpson Recycling.
“I’m really pleased to be back for a third year in the BTCC and I’m excited to be running with Eurotech Racing,” said Simpson. “We have much in common and I’ve been impressed with their achievements over the past year.
“We all want to win and we’re confident that this partnership will give us our best season yet.”
Simpson has been earmarked as the perfect fit for Eurotech by Team Principal Jeff Smith, as the 2017 Independent Teams’ runners-up return to a three-car operation.
“We kept the core team and infrastructure in place to field three cars as it has always been our intention to revert when the right opportunity came along,” said Smith. “Matt currently owns a Honda Civic Type R, which works perfectly. Our mechanics already have the car back at the workshop, stripped down and currently being updated to the same specification as our existing pair of Type Rs.
“We’re looking forward to working with Matt, he’s proved a capable driver in the BTCC. Using our knowledge and experience, we will be doing everything we can to develop him – the aim being to have all three cars right at the sharp end.
“Having the drive confirmed at this relatively early stage allows us to press on with the car build and plan a full test schedule, with the intention of hitting the ground running for the 2018 season.”
The Eurotech Team made an incredible impact on the 2017 BTCC season with the Jack Goff/Jeff Smith duo proving to be the most successful driver combination of recent times for the team.
4 Pole positions
4 Independent Wins
2 Jack Sears Trophies
Jeff Smith stunned the crowds and commentators alike by taking pole position at the season opener at Brands Hatch. Jack Goff followed this up by putting his Type R on the front row of the grid for Round 2 at Donington. By Round 3 at Thruxton the silverware was rolling in with two podiums for Jack and the Independent Teams Championship win for the team. Jack then secured another pole position and podium at Snetterton and further podium at Rockingham. On to Silverstone, another pole position, a podium and a dominating win. Concluding the season as they started it with yet another pole position for Jack and a podium in the final race of the year on the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
Eurotech achieved more pole positions than any other team this season.
After a strong BTCC Round 8 at Rockingham with three top 5 finishes for Jack Goff the team are 3rd in the Independents Team Championship with just 13 points separating the top three heading in to the penultimate round at Silverstone National Circuit on 17th September.
Brett and the Eurotech Team sealed the Championship with a second place finish in race 1 at Oulton Park on Saturday. After dominating throughout 2017 with consistent poles, fastest laps, wins and podiums with three races still remaining of the season Smith was enough points clear of his nearest competitors to take the JCW Championship crown. Brett will still partake in the final round coming up at Donington Park on September 23/24th.
Eurotech come back fighting with success at Snetterton
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship returned to Snetterton in Norfolk for Round six after the seven week summer break. Following the unfortunate events that heavily effected Eurotech at the previous round at Croft the team needed to bounce back.
With the injuries sustained by Jeff Smith in the Croft accident ruling him out for the remainder of the season his son Brett Smith takes over the reins of the Honda Civic Type R alongside Jack Goff. During the summer break the Eurotech engineers have worked hard to rebuild the third car (previously driven by Daniel Lloyd) for Brett to use, currently leading the MINI Challenge Championship Brett quickly adapted to the BTCC machinery during the two day tyre test at Snetterton.
Eurotech headed in to qualifying with confidence as both cars showed good pace in the free practice sessions with Jack topping the laptimes in FP2. In perfect dry qualifying conditions Jack put in an outstanding lap, half a second clear of the rest of the field to get his first BTCC pole position and the second pole position start of the season for Eurotech. Brett finished his first BTCC qualifying session in a very respectable P23 on the 31 car grid leaving the team lifted and looking forward to race day.
Race one saw the sun shining down on the 3 mile long Snetterton 300 circuit in front of a large crowd. Jack made an impressively quick start out of the pole position grid box but the rear wheel drive BMW of Colin Turkington typically managed to out drag the front wheel drive Honda and Turkington took the lead on the opening lap, Jack settled in to a comfortable second place until Turkington spun across the grass at Coram allowing Jack to take the lead, to the huge cheers in the Eurotech garage. He pulled a gap on the following pack and lead for the majority of the race and looked like he was going to take the win, however he was on the soft tyre option which had started to go off and second placed Ash Sutton was closing him down, Jack held off the more powerful Subaru for as long as he could but with two laps to go Sutton took the lead with Jack taking a podium finish in P2 and the Independents trophy. Brett had a baptism of fire for his first race suffering damage on lap one following contact with Stephen Jelley, leaving him with no option but to retire the second Honda with damage.
After his P2 finish Jack had another front row start for race two, this time it was Ash Sutton on pole who was soon gone into the distance and the rear wheel drive BMW of Andrew Jordan from row two also out dragging the Honda off the line. Jack managing to get the place back but was then hunted down by the rear wheel drive duo of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard despite Jack’s best efforts he couldn’t hold them off with Mat Jackson also forcing his way through, in a rough race Jack held also off pressure from Gordon Shedden to eventually finish in P5. Brett’s baptism of fire continued having to retire in the early laps with an unusual mechanical failure, the first non-mandated part failure the team have suffered since 2015.
The reverse grid draw for race three meant Jack started from P5, after being pushed out on the first lap elbows out typical race 3 fashion Jack was knocked back some places which he valiantly clawed back getting back up to finish in P8 rounding out a fantastic day of good results. Brett had a really strong race, starting from the back in P30 due to his previous DNF he fought his way up through the field to an incredible P14 finish scoring points on his debut round.
The strong points haul has put Eurotech 3rd in the Independent Teams Championship and 5th in the overall Teams Championship. Jack is back up to 9th in the close Drivers Championship and joint 2nd in the Independent Drivers Championship. Team Principal Jeff Smith said; ‘It has obviously been a difficult time for all of us and this weekend was the lift that we all needed, everybody has just got their heads down and got on with it, I am very proud of the whole team who have all done a great job, we are looking forward to the rest of the season with the aim being wins and more podiums which we have shown we are more than capable of achieving.’
Brett’s thoughts on his first BTCC round; "I knew that the BTCC was going to be a huge step from the Mini's but I definitely made it harder for myself than I needed to! Qualifying 23rd I was actually a little disappointed, 4 tenths separated me from a top 10 position but that just goes to show how competitive the BTCC is! Race 1's early finish was my fault 100%, I stalled at the start and wanted to make up the places that I had lost as quick as I could and was thusly a little over zealous, resulting in a mistake and caused race ending damage by hitting Stephen Jelley. Race 2 however was going much stronger, up to about P25 at the time from P31, but an extremely rare mechanical issue for Eurotech put pay to any further progress! Race 3 saw a change of fortune and a richly deserved thank you to the team as I made up for the sorry Sunday I was having! A strong start and early overtaking manoeuvres coupled with others cars seemingly driving off the circuit and out of my way I found myself in a points scoring position whilst a late challenge from Plato was the cherry on top, being able to hold Mr. Touring Car himself off was fantastic!"