Goff inks West Surrey Racing deal
Having opened his BTCC win account last season, Jack Goff will aim for further success in 2016 after inking a deal to join WSR for the upcoming campaign.
The former Clio Cup champion will take the place of triple World Champion Andy Priaulx at the wheel of WSR’s IHG Rewards Club-backed BMW 1 Series and is the first driver to be confirmed with the team for 2016.
The move from MG will see Goff competing in rear-wheel drive for the first time, and he said his aims for the year ahead were to continue the progess made in 2015.
“I am extremely proud and honoured to have been selected to drive for Team IHG Rewards Club,” he said. “Representing such a well-known brand, with a clear history of supporting racing talent, is fantastic and I hope to ‘reward’ the faith shown in me. Similarly the prestige of driving a BMW for a legendary team like West Surrey Racing represents a real dream come true for me.
“I’ve experienced BTCC podiums and took my first victory last season, so now I am looking at stepping up another level. Ultimately I want to become BTCC champion and challenging for the title is my immediate goal – I can’t wait to get started with WSR and Team IHG Rewards Club.”
Team boss Dick Bennetts meanwhile was delighted to bring the youngster onboard.
“We are very excited with IHG Rewards Club’s decision to take Jack onboard, as we have watched him develop into a top BTCC driver over the last couple of years,” he said. “The 2016 Dunlop MSA BTCC championship is shaping up to be another great season, so with Jack joining WSR it will further strengthen our already strong line-up in our BMW 125i M Sports, which are currently undergoing an extensive development programme.
“We have a lot of pre season testing planned, so that will be good for Jack to have time to adjust to our RWD BMW’s and study all the data we have from 2015.”
Priaulx secured two wins with the car last season on his return to the BTCC but has now moved over to the World Endurance Championship with Ford after ending his time as a BMW factory driver.
Both Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard are widely expected to remain with WSR as Goff’s team-mates, although their positions are still to be confirmed.