Goff hopes floodgates opened
Jack Goff says he hopes that his victory at Snetterton will open the floodgates for the MG team through the second half of the BTCC season.
Astonishingly, the Triple Eight-run team headed into the sixth meeting of the season having failed to even lead a lap so far in 2015, despite Goff and team-mate Andrew Jordan having both finished on the podium in the first half of the year.
The former Clio Cup champion would put that right in the final race of the weekend at Snetterton however thanks to a measured drive from the head of the field – having been put into pole thanks to the reverse grid draw after a sixth place finish in race two.
Running on the softer compound tyre, Goff made the ideal start when the lights went out and would then control proceedings from the front, with his only moment of concern coming on the final lap when the rear of his car got out of shape at Coram.
Holding on, the youngster took a popular maiden win and he admitted his delight at finally opening his account.
“It’s definitely good to have the monkey off back and hopefully this win will be like London Buses and another will be along soon,” he said. “We’ll work on improving the car for the next one and hope to push on.
“It’s nice to get the win as I haven’t taken victory since I won the Clio title back in 2012, and the main thing for me was to get a good start as I knew I had the BMWs and Jason behind. It was probably my best start of the year and it came at the right time. I knew I had to capitalise on the soft tyre early on and it didn’t drop off as much as I thought it would do.
“I kept pushing until the closing stages when I had enough at hand but made a small mistake on the final lap when I wasn’t quite at 100 per cent. I had been for the rest of the race; maybe I should have kept it that way!”
Insisting it was nice on a personal basis to have given MG its first win of the year, Goff added that the focus now was on making sure plenty more follow – starting out at Knockhill next weekend.
“It’s nice that I got the first win as you always look at the person who is alongside you and in Andy I have a driver who has won the title, so it’s a great comparison,” he said. “However, we both want to win for the team and we will keep working together to improve the car so we can both win on a regular basis.
“I’d like to say we can now go on and win every race but we know that isn’t going to happen. Knockhill next time out has never been an MG circuit but we have shown already that we have got rid of some of the bad traits the car had last year, and hopefully we can push for a win there.”