Eurotech Racing's Jack Goff has translated the Honda Civic Type-R's promising testing form by setting the pace during the opening BTCC practice at Thruxton.

Goff's Eurotech team mate Jeff Smith set the outright fastest time during the TOCA test over a week ago and the 26-year old replicated Smith's feat after setting a 1 minute 16.454s effort.

The 26-year old's best lap put him exactly 0.1s clear of Thruxton specialist Adam Morgan in the second placed Mercedes A-Class while triple champion Matt Neal followed up just a further 0.034s behind in third.

Looking to bounce back from a difficult Donington showing, Andrew Jordan was the top BMW runner in fourth place, but was almost 0.4s slower than Mac Tools Racing's Morgan.

Ashley Sutton was fifth in the leading BMR Subaru Levorg ahead of BTC Norlin Racing's Chris Smiley in sixth. Smiley led a closely contested four-car train, with just 0.013s covering sixth to ninth.

Home favourite Rob Collard was the next car in the queue in seventh ahead of Matt Simpson and Dave Newsham, while Team BMW's Colin Turkington completed the remainder of the top-ten runners in tenth.

Elsewhere, championship leader Tom Ingram was 14th quickest while Honda's Gordon Shedden was two-places back from the Toyota Avensis in 16th.



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