Goff praised for race three display
Triple Eight team boss Ian Harrison has praised Jack Goff for his battling performance in the BTCC season finale at Brands Hatch – insisting it was the best showing for an MG in 2015.
Having sacrificed race one in order to try and secure a better grid slot for race two, the 24-year-old was rewarded with a solid fifth place finish which then translated into a second row start for race three when the reverse grid draw took place.
While much of the focus in that race would be on the fight between Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato for the title, Goff himself took on something of a starring role with an impressive drive that saw him battle hard with the Honda of Matt Neal and Mat Jackson’s Ford to end up running in third spot as the race entered the closing stages.
Despite huge pressure from a charging Shedden, who had come through the pack from 19th spot, Goff was able to hold on for his fourth podium of the year – cementing a career best ninth place in the standings in the process.
“I was never going to give up that podium – regardless of whether there was championship to be won or not,” he said. “We are here for ourselves and that final race was the best the car has been all weekend. I knew that Matt [Neal] was going to try and help Gordon [Shedden] in the latter stages so I just had to make the move when I did.
“It was a great race though and it is something about this circuit, and battling Gordon that brings the best out in me. To bring home another pot is a great result not only for the team but also the sponsors as it is nice to take into the winter. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first season here at MG; the work for 2016 starts now!”
It was also a drive that drew praise from team chief Harrison, who was impressed with the performance of the Snetterton race winner.
“That performance in race three from Jack was uplifting and I will say that has been the best drive that either car has had all season,” he said. “That is what driving in the BTCC is about and it was not only entertaining but really impressive.”