Tussles and Top Ten for Jack Goff
Rounds 25, 26 and 27 of the BTCC were set to take place at the home of British Motorsport at the Northamptonshire venue of Silverstone.
Hopes were high heading into qualifying after the promising pace shown in FP2 and Jack headed out for his first new tyre run. After the first set he was sitting nicely in P10.
Another new set was bolted on and there was a slight improvement on lap time, however Jack had made a mistake on his best lap so there was still more to come on the final set of tyres.
As Goff started his first flying lap on the final set of tyres drama struck, with a driveshaft failure bringing an early finish to the session and having to park up on the sidelines.
As he looked on he could do no more than watch other people improve their lap times. The session eventually ended with Jack in P13.
A bad start cost Jack four positions before the end of lap one. This didn’t worry him however and he chipped away one car at a time, ending up in P11 by the flag.
A better, but not perfect start this time meant that Jack ended the first lap in 13th. Again he got his head down and managed to get his VW CC up into P9 before disaster struck. Rob Austin and Gordon Shedden had a coming together leaving Goff nowhere to go and no option but to hit the sideways Austin. This cost Jack seven places but he refocused and finished an eventful race in P14, with the added bonus of achieving the fastest lap of the race.
The final race was set to take place as the sun set over the Northamptonshire venue. A delayed start due to a problem with Sam Tordoff’s car on the grid raised the tension on the track.
Finally the lights went out. This was the start of a brilliant race with tussles going on throughout the field. There was a battle from P3 all the way down to P13; with the cars all being so close on lap times it was a matter of waiting for a mistake from another driver to make a move stick.
Jack managed to pick off a few drivers to end the final race of the day in P10.
After the race Jack commented: “This weekend has been a bit unfortunate really. With the close nature of the lap times around this track, qualifying is extremely important to be able to be battling at the sharp end. We had an issue in qualifying that meant we were not able to replicate our FP2 pace, so we were on the back foot come Sunday morning.
Then being an innocent party in someone else’s accident in race two cost us the opportunity of the possibility of a reverse grid draw. All in all it wasn’t too bad, we recorded the fastest lap in race two which demonstrated the pace we had in our car. We really need just a little bit of a break now to be able to get that much awaited podium this year.
I would like to thank all of our guests from the weekend and all of the brilliant sponsors.
Report Credit: Jonathan Walters
Photo Credit: Davai Goosey