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.