Rollercoaster at Rockingham
The BTCC was all set to make its annual visit to the Northamptonshire speed bowl of Rockingham.
Hopes were high for Jack and Team BMR heading into the weekend, as they felt the car would be much better suited to this circuit than at Knockhill.
With the team still struggling for a decent set up on the VW CC they tried a few more changes. He did the same time on all three sets of tyres but could not improve higher than P17.
Jack made a decent getaway holding P17, but with two rear wheel drive cars in front of him on the grid he wasn’t able to make any progress. He got his head down and carved his way through the pack finishing a promising P10 at the flag.
This time Jack’s car bogged down slightly and the two rear drive cars that he had fended off hard in race one were past him before he was even into second gear.
Jack picked up a bit of damage on the opening lap and this was to hamper any more progress up the grid and any chance of getting into the pot for the reverse grid draw. He managed a hard fought P13 at the finish line.
With no rear wheel drive cars behind Jack on the grid he held position into turn one. As the cars bunched up into the turn two hairpin however, Goff’s CC got a bit bunched up allowing two cars past and dropping him down to P15.
This sparked a fight back and with the car now fixed after race two, the pace was back. He progressed up the grid into P10 and was chasing down P9 when, on the final lap, disaster struck with a car failure with five corners left to go.
Jack commented after the race: “This was a gutting way to end the weekend. Another solid top ten was on the cards with the car showing improved pace again. Thank you once again for everyone who made the trip to Rockingham to come and support me, I feel we need a bit of luck and then we will be on the podium again. Fingers crossed this will happen next time out at my local circuit at Silverstone.”
Report Credit: Jonathan Walters
Photo Credit: Davai Goosey