Goff to partner Jordan at MG
Jack Goff has secured his place on the BTCC grid for the 2015 season after agreeing terms on a deal that will see him join up with former champion Andrew Jordan at Triple Eight.
The 23-year-old makes the move to the MG team for what will be his third season in the series, having previously raced for both Team HARD and BMR.
Goff, named earlier this week as a BRDC Superstar, has agreed a one-year deal with the team and will head into the 2015 campaign looking to firmly establish himself as a regular contender at the front of the field.
So far the 2012 Clio Cup champion has a single podium finish to his name – in the 2013 season finale at Brands Hatch – alongside a myriad of top ten finishes.
“It’s a thrill to start the season in the quickest front-wheel drive car on the grid,” he said. “Obviously as a kid growing up, driving for a works team is the pinnacle. I’m chuffed that we’re working with Triple Eight and MG as over the course of the past three years, they’ve shown that the MG is a race winner and a championship contender.
“This is an important step in my career and I have come here expecting to win races. I know what it takes to do that, I’ve shown my ability in the Clio Cup, and now I have a BTCC car and team that will give me a platform to challenge.
“There’s a really good buzz at Triple Eight; you walk around the factory and there are so many trophies and references to winning in the BTCC. Add that to having a former BTCC champion in Andrew in the team and it really gives me a lot of confidence for the year ahead.”
Goff’s signing completes a new-look line-up for the Triple Eight squad after the departure of both Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff over the winter, with team boss Ian Harrison saying he was confident that his 2015 pairing had what it takes to defend MG’s manufacturers’ title.
“Jack is a young guy on a journey to become a top BTCC driver,” he said. “It’s great that he is with us; he fits with what we’re trying to do. We spoke to several drivers over the off-season, but when we found out Jack was available it was clear he was the best option for us. Everybody remembers the last round at Brands with (Gordon) Shedden in 2013, and we need him to try to replicate that, albeit on a regular basis.
“We’ll aim to get him working in a methodical way, aid his development as a driver and give him a car that will allow him to show what he can really do behind the wheel in a BTCC car. We need Jack to be running in the top eight all the time and becoming a regular front-runner as the season progresses to enable us to defend the manufacturers title for MG.
“We said early on that what we want is someone who fits the demographic for MG; Jack ticks the box for MG, but also for us. We want to continue to win races, take podiums and lock out front-rows in qualifying, so for us Jack is the perfect compliment to Andy. It’s a nice story for MG too; he started his racing in one of its cars, and now things have gone full circle and he is in a works MG BTCC car.”
Goff is set to sample the MG6 for the first time in testing at Donington Park next week, with the livery of his car to be revealed at the annual BTCC Media Day later in March.