New Adventures North of the Border
So It was a step into the unknown once again for Jack as he would be taking to the Scottish circuit for the first time. Having had to learn the new VW CC at the previous race weekend at Snetterton it was once again a battle to get up to speed in a short space of time.
Jack headed out onto a busy 1.3 mile track with 31cars on track. It would be a challenge just to find space to complete one lap let alone at speed. On Jack’s first run he hit a kerb and unfortunately damaged the steering knocking the alignment out, this was hampering his pace and with this he would have to line up on P19 on the grid come Sunday morning.
Jack got a good start and held position at the end of the first lap. With the nature of the track usually leading to damage to a lot of cars, Jack and his engineer had made a plan to try and make up five positions in the first race to give them a good shot at breaking into the top 10 reverse grid draw in race two. With this in mind Jack kept his nose clean throughout the race and picked off a few cars one by one, crossing the line for the end of race one in P14.
Another solid start meant he held P14 into turn three, unfortunately it had all kicked off behind with team mate and boss Warren Scott receiving contact from behind, causing him to spin down the hill into Scotsman corner, bad luck for Jack and the team was imminent as out of a 31 car grid it was Jack’s car that Scotts spinning car came into contact with at turn 3, this caused heavy damage to Jack and Warrens cars causing Warren to retire and for Jack to limp his car home in P17, this wasn’t as bad as it could of been as the initial damage was thought to be so bad that they may of had to retire the car, meaning having to start P31 for race 3.
The team did a brilliant job to even get Jack’s car back out onto track after the extent of damage from the previous race. Race three is usually the race with all the action, but for some reason it was all pretty clean, nothing more than mainly door handle to door handle good touring car racing.
Jack initially reported over the radio that the car still had some damage from race two with the steering being a fair bit out of line, however he got his head down and started to make his way past cars in front. A good battle between Jack, Matt Neal and the pair of Works MGs would run all the way to the flag with the Team BMR driver managing to get the better of Tordoff but unable to find a way past the battling Neal and Plato. A finishing position of P12 was the reward for a hard weekend.
“That was a very difficult weekend, having not been out on the track before FP1 then the issues we had over Saturday almost meant it was a pointless first day, the team seemed to struggle a little bit with the handling of the VW here at Knockhill, but they all worked extremely hard over Saturday night to improve the car and by the end of the weekend we had some pretty decent pace, I just wish we could start the weekend again now having learnt the car and the track, I would like to say a massive thank you for everyone’s support over the weekend, we had a huge amount of people make the trip across the border to come along and cheer me on which was brilliant, plus all the Scottish fans were magnificent” commented Jack.
Race Report & Photo Credits: Jack Goff Gazette, Davai Goosey & Roy Powell