A race into the unknown at Snetterton
Team BMR had anything but a summer break after racing at Croft being very busy getting two new VW CCs ready in time for the first BTCC racing weekend in August that took place at Snetterton. Switching over from the Vauxhall Insignia Jack Goff and Warren Scott had been using beforehand to matching VW CCs means that Team BMR are now finally running with four identical machines and are hoping to be able to improve racing times with this new fleet.
With the main goal being to learn what his new car can do, Jack Goff went into the first free practice session. But brilliantly despite tricky track conditions he finished on the second fastest time of the session without any difficulties right behind his team mate Alain Menu. Team BMR’s hopes were raised even higher when Jack got the chance to really test his new car on a dry track in the second free practise session and finished 5th.
So with high hopes and a lot of excitement for the first day of the new VW CC Jack Goff took his place for the qualifying session. Unfortunately Jack was not happy sitting at P9 with his first set of tyres and swiftly moved in to switch them to a second set, which happily improved his time. As much as Jack manage to improve, the other racers managed to match, which left Jack finishing at a an excellent P10 considering he does not know the ins and outs of his new car yet and was only 0.04 seconds off P7.
Team BMR went into full preparation to improve the car by Sunday, so that Jack was able to complete a solid first race into the unknown finishing in P10 after pushing his way forward from P12 after the first lap.
The second race of the BTCC 2014 racing weekend at Snetterton started just as well with Jack maintaining a secure P10 after the first lap. However he got pushed wide in a hairpin turn, leaving him in P12, which Jack successfully caught up again speeding up down the straight up to P9. Struggling with balance though meant that Jack finished in P11, which is excellent considering he did not know the ins and outs of his new car yet and was only 0.04 seconds off P7.
Having just missed the reversed grid draw, it was Aron Smith, Jack’s team mate, who got to start on pole for the third race which he managed to hold throughout this exciting race to watch. Jack battled his way through and managed to secure himself another P10, which left Team BMR with more successful results than at Croft showing that all the effort over the summer break really paid off.
We can only agree with Jack’s reflection of this past weekend: “ To come away with a top 10 in qualifying followed by 10th, 11th, and 10th again in the races I am more than happy; we have really only done a handful of laps in the car and today was about learning the car as much as anything.”
The next rounds of the series will be 23rd and 24th August across the border at Knockhill and we look forward to seeing what this new fleet can achieve!