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03
Sep

Jack is Back

Reigning Clio Cup champion Jack Goff returns for the final three BTCC rounds in the RCIB Insurance Team HARD. Run Vauxhall Insignia

After taking a brief sabbatical during the BTCC’s visit to Knockhill last month Jack Goff is raring to go for the final three rounds of the season when he gets back behind the wheel of his Team HARD-run Vauxhall Insignia.

“It’s great to have Jack back in the car,” said team boss Tony Gilham. “It was a tough decision for everyone to miss Knockhill but we completely believe in his talent and long term future with both the team and in the BTCC.”

The reigning Renault Clio Cup UK champion has shown flashes of impressive speed during his maiden BTCC campaign with clear progress being made throughout the season.

The young charger endured a tough BTCC baptism at Brands Hatch back in March when he collected the BMW of Colin Turkington during qualifying, when the former champion spun in front of him on the exit of Druids. He qualified down in 19th at the second event of the season at Donington, but has since highlighted his on-going improvement when he lined up eighth on the grid at Snetterton recently.

“The plan was obviously to test ahead of the season but as it was I started my first BTCC campaign without barely having driven a touring car,” said Goff. “It wasn’t ideal and then we had our incident with Colin in qualifying, which again halted the learning curve. It was certainly a hectic opening weekend.

“The car was obviously brand new and we’ve all worked extremely hard to keep improving it. It’s getting better and better and that’s a great credit to everyone at the team.”

The 24-year-old made huge steps during the summer break and shot to prominence by setting the third fastest time – only beaten by the two factory MGs – during the BTCC’s Dunlop tyre test at Snetterton in July.

“I think it was Snetterton before we really felt like we were up to speed,” Goff continued. “The two-day tyre test before the event was absolutely huge for us as a team and for me personally as it was the first time I was able to spend that sort of time in the car. The fact that I was slightly disappointed to only qualify eighth there shows the kind of progress we’d made.”

Goff admits it was a difficult decision to miss the recent round at Knockhill, but now the RCIB Insurance Racing driver is absolutely focussed on his immediate future in the BTCC.

“Missing Knockhill was quite hard to take but we had to make a sensible decision that would enable us to complete the last three events of the season,” he explains. “It was difficult seeing someone else driving the car to be honest but I’m back now and I’m raring to go! I obviously hope to be a front-runner in the BTCC in the future but for now it’s all about pushing for the rest of the year before coming back even stronger in 2014.

“The next one is always the most important and I love Rockingham – I had two pole positions there last season and it’s a really great. It suits my style and I seem to go well there so I am really looking forward to it.”



Tony Gilham
Managing Director, Team Principal, Team Owner

Photo Credit : Tim Holmes (www.tim-holmes.com)

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