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!"
Eurotech Racing has today (29 June) confirmed that Brett Smith, son of regular driver and Team Principal Jeff, will take over driving duties in the team’s Honda Civic Type R for the remainder of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The severity of Jeff’s injuries sustained during the qualifying crash at Croft Circuit earlier this month have unfortunately ruled out the experienced racer for at least the rest of this campaign.
After careful assessment and consideration, the squad has decided to place Brett in the car, alongside team-mate Jack Goff.
Brett is currently leading the MINI Challenge Championship with Eurotech Racing in only his second season in the series, having racked up three pole positions, five wins, ten podiums and six fastest laps so far. The 25-year-old has also previously successfully competed in the UK Clio Cup, BARC Clios and Mazda MX5 Championship.
“I am naturally extremely disappointed for my season to be ended in this way,” said Team Principal Jeff Smith. “Having assessed a number of driver options the team are in agreement that Brett gives us the best opportunity to provide a strong second half to the season.”
Brett will get his first serious taste of BTCC machinery during next week’s (5/6 July) official group test at Snetterton. His race debut will then take place at the same venue with rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the championship scheduled over the weekend of the 29/30 July.
Eurotech took a clean sweep of wins in Round 3 of MINI Challenge at Snetterton. Jeff Smith took race 1 from P3 on the grid with son Brett making it up to the P3 step from a P12 start after a heavy downpour before qualifying made for a mixed up grid. In race 2 Brett took the lead from Jeff on lap 1 making it a spectacular father/son 1-2 finish and in race 3 Brett again stormed away to his second win of the day, giving him the lead of the Championship by some 54 points clear of second placed Max Bladon.
Eurotech Double Podium Success at Thruxton
Eurotech Racing headed to Thruxton in Hampshire, the fastest circuit in the UK over the weekend for Rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. With the team confident following the test day at Thruxton where Jeff Smith topped the lap time sheets, the aim was converting their recent strong pace in to podiums.
Jack Goff laid down the gauntlet in Free Practice 1 setting the P1 lap time early on with Jeff Smith in P11, struggling to find the balance in the car that they had achieved on the test day. Goff cemented his intent in Free Practice 2 finishing P2.
The two Eurotech Type R’s were strong in Qualifying, with Jack finishing P3 and Jeff P6, making it a Honda 1,2,3 with the Factory Team Dynamics Hondas in P1 and P2.
Conditions were dry and sunny for race day. Race 1 saw Jack get a good start off the line from his inside row 2 starting position, keeping comfortably with the two works cars of Neal and Shedden, fending off Tom Ingram for much of the race who nearly made it past when Jack was held up by a back-marker in the closing laps. Jack successfully held on to bring the Type R home in a well-deserved P3, the first podium of the year for Jack and the Eurotech Team, also taking the Independent Teams win. Smith struggled to get his car cleanly off the start line, dropping some places which he spent the race trying to claw back, suffering with understeer he held off pressure from Andrew Jordan and Aiden Moffat with some great defensive driving, bringing the second Eurotech Type R home in a solid P11.
Race 2 was blighted by a huge crash on Lap 1 which brought out a red flag when the MG of Dan Lloyd hit the barrier hard at Church, causing a long delay. A cause for concern over the safety of this barrier had already been raised by a number of drivers, in the drivers briefing on Saturday morning. On the restart the rear wheel drive BMW of Rob Collard out dragged Jack off the line to take 3rd, on the approach to the chicane Jack spectacularly made it three wide with Collard and Shedden, with Jack gaining back P3 and with Shedden losing out, Shedden immediately fought back and recovered the position going in to the Complex. Jack regained P3 again when Matt Neal pulled in to the pitlane with a steering problem, it looked like Jack was going to be on for another podium but Ingram managed to pass him at the chicane and then another red flag ended the race early with Jack finishing in P4. Jeff had again been in the thick of the action eventually finishing in a hard fought P10.
The reverse grid for Race 3 had promoted Jack to a P3 start, with Jeff remaining in the P10 grid slot. Another good start from Jack meant he pulled away from the fighting Rob Austin and Shedden behind him settling in to a comfortable P2 behind Colin Turkington, staying clear of Tom Ingram who was chasing him down for second place until Jack picked up some debris on his tyres and ran wide enabling Ingram to pass, Jack bought it home to make it a second podium finish in P3. Jeff was going well holding P10 with a couple of laps to go, defending from Tom Chiltern when he had a huge moment, Chiltern got the run on him on the outside going into Noble which meant Jeff had to lift slightly more to avoid contact which caused the back end to step out sending the Type R spinning one way then the other across the front of the ensuing pack, thankfully Jeff managing to keep it out of the barrier, rescuing it to finish P27.
A successful points haul for Eurotech sees Jack retaining P6 overall in the Drivers Championship and the Team 3rd in the Independents and 4th overall in the Teams Championship.
Eurotech said ‘It has been a fantastic weekend for us, we knew we had the pace and we were confident the podium was well within reach. Jack and Jeff have been putting in such strong drives and all of our team put in so much effort we feel it is very well-deserved but we won’t stop there this is just the beginning, we will keep building on the momentum and will be pushing for wins now.’
Brett Smith stormed to a P2 finish in the opening round of MINI Challenge at Oulton Park on Easter Monday in changeable conditions, securing the first podium of the year for Eurotech. Followed up with a strong P4 in race 2.
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.