Rain on Jacks Parade!
Going into the 2nd round of the BTCC at Donington Park, Jack was feeling confident as the sweeping bends were set to suit the chassis of his Insignia. This was proved in qualifying when he qualified in P8.
With a great starting position for Race 1, the grid took its form. However the weather took a turn for the worse and all the racers were starting out with wet tyres. Jack managed to get a good start in and moved up past team mate Alain Menu and also ran alongside reigning champion Andrew Jordan; but unfortunately he was on the outside of the track and Matt Neal managed to get past. Jack struggled and fell down the order to P19 at the flag. He commented afterwards: “This was not what we wanted in Race 1, we really struggled with the balance of the car throughout; the only positive is that we finished the race.”
Following the first race, his team of engineers worked out an action plan. With the track now dry, they were concentrating on a dry set up for Race 2. However 10 minutes before the team were due to roll out the car, the heavens opened again and they rushed to put a wet set back on. This proved to be considerably better than in the Race 1 and allowed Jack to maximise his speed and propel himself up to P11 at the finish line.
The sun finally came out for Race 3. With it being the first dry race of the day, everyone on the grid had to use the softer compound tyre. Jack had a good first lap and moved up into the top 10. Then a safety car was deployed and confusion ahead gave him the chance to move up to P8! However as safety car went in, Goff was able to hold position through the first few corners; then he was hit from behind at the hairpin and was sent into a spin, dropping him down to P24. Even so, this did not stop the Insignia driver. He charged back up through the field and finished in a very respectable P12 with another haul of points.
After the race Jack commented: “It’s a matter of what could have been in Race 3; the car was absolutely fantastic. The pace throughout was very consistent and the tyre drop off was minimal. Had we not been taken out, I truly believe we would have had a podium finish.”
The accident is still under investigation and will be viewed at the next round at Thruxton.
Overall, Jack showed his capabilities and pace throughout the weekend. He goes into the next round with this and with self-assurance in winning his first silverware.