Goff: That was more dramatic than it needed to be!
Jack Goff admitted that qualifying at Oulton Park had been more difficult than it needed to be after securing eighth on the grid for the fourth meeting of the BTCC season.
The MG driver was left with work to do in the closing stages of the session after his car failed the ride height test, which resulted in all of his times being removed with barely eight minutes left to run.
Forced to make revisions to his car before re-taking the test, Goff was then left to put it all on the line in a bid to qualify towards the front; managing to post a best time just half a second away from pole.
As he result, he heads into the opening race tomorrow on the fourth row of the grid and in a solid position from which to try and push for three strong finishes.
“It wasn’t the ideal qualifying session for us but we managed to rescue a result,” he said. “We’d swapped the tyres from the rear to the front of the car and the pressures on those tyres were lower which meant we failed the ride height test. It was only just under the limit but it was under, and that’s against the rules. I knew the clock was ticking and having lost my banker lap, it meant I only had a lap or two to really push.
“It was important to stay focused and to not try and push too hard as that is when you make mistakes. I could have been a bit quicker and might have got fourth place but it’s not the worst place to start.”
With both Goff and team-mate Andrew Jordan running towards the front throughout Saturday, the 24-year-old will now hope to push for a return to the podium on a day where MG will celebrate its 100th race with the MG6 GT and he said he was confident about what race day may hold.
“Oulton Park isn’t the easiest circuit to overtake on, but with the new ballast rules and the soft tyre, I think it will be interesting,” he said. “We’ve had chance to have a look at things in the last few weeks and I’m feeling more comfortable in the team and the car, so hopefully we can have pick up some good results tomorrow.”