Jack Goff – Caught up in Carnage, an Overtaking Masterclass then Retirement
The final rounds of BTCC championship took place at Brands Hatch GP.
A downpour before qualifying meant that choosing a car setup was going to be extremely difficult. The decision was made for a dry setup; however the track would be too wet for slick tyres at the start and wets were used. The team were hoping that later in the session the conditions would come to the car and it would pay off.
Jack was sitting pretty in P3 with five minutes left of the session, but as he started another flying lap a red flag ended Qualifying early. This allowed nine people to jump him as they had crossed the line before the flag had come out and Jack was demoted to P12.
A good start saw Jack jump to P8 into the first corner. This was short-lived however, as up at the front Fabrizio Giovanardi had a coming together with Gordon Shedden’s Honda causing the pair to spin in front of the chasing pack.
Jack had avoided the carnage and got himself to the inside of the track, however Dave Newsham had to take avoiding action of the spinning pair.
This sent him into the side of Jack’s car and launched it into the air, landing heavily. The severe damage to the car forced him into retirement of race one.
Not the start we had hoped for.
Having to start from P29 was not in the script. With nothing to lose Jack lined up his VW CC up on the grid.
This was to be one of the most exciting races of the year for the team as Jack managed to carve his way up from the very back of the grid to P10 with three laps to go. A reverse grid was now a possibility. With two laps left there was a six second gap to Nick Foster’s BMW driving on soft tyres.
Jack got the hammer down and with three corners of the race remaining he managed to sneak past and get himself into an eventual P8 finish.
21 cars overtaken in 15 laps.
The reverse grid draw was made and the VW CC of Goff would be lining up on the grid fopr the final race of year in P3.
A good start in heavy rain saw him move into P2, but Jack Clarke’s Focus held the inside line down paddock re-taking the position.
Two laps in and Jack was really struggling with visibility due to the windscreen steaming up. This didn’t stop him from trying and on lap 3 he squeezed down the inside of Foster to take another position.
Lap five and things got a lot worse. Now, not only was the screen steamed up but the windscreen wiper had failed. Things were not getting easier and visibility was now zero. With no option but to retire the car Jack limped down the pit lane. It summed up his luck for the 2014 season.
Jack commented after the final race of the year. “We have had great pace, but when there is a hint of a good result we have been struck by a lack of good fortune.”
Report Credit: Jonathan Walters
Photo Credit: Roy Powell