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Jack Goff completes first MG test at Donington Park

Jack Goff took to the track for the first time in his new Triple Eight Racing MG6 at Donington Park today, clocking up a valuable 300km of mileage.

The 23-year-old concentrated on familiarising himself with his new machinery as well as carrying out simulated race runs around the circuit’s National configuration, which the BTCC will race on next month.

Driving an unliveried MG 6, Goff was joined at the Leicestershire track by team-mate Andrew Jordan, as well as a number of other touring car drivers including Adam Morgan, Aiden Moffat and Jeff Smith.

For his part, Jordan concentrated on qualifying and race runs in his fifth test for the team.

“It was a really good first day back at school; the Headmaster didn’t tell me off too much,” said Goff. “It’s been a long time since I got behind the wheel of a NGTC car and it was good to get so many laps in and blow away a few cobwebs.

“I pounded round and did a lot of laps, around 300km, not in search of overall pace, but the car is mighty quick on a race run on old tyres, so it’s given me a lot of confidence for the further tests I’ve got coming up.”

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After experiencing both Vauxhall and Volkswagen machinery over the past two seasons in the BTCC, Goff was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the MG.

He said: “The VW was a step on from the Vauxhall, but this (the MG) feels like a bigger step on in terms of differences again. My initial thoughts are that the MG feels so much stronger; it really encourages you to push and I’m looking forward to doing just that at Snetterton on Friday.”

After the Snetterton test, Goff will have another day in the car at Brands Hatch on March 17, before heading back to Donington for media day on March 24.

Triple Eight Racing managing director Ian Harrison said: “This was a very successful test, in which we covered a high mileage with both cars. Andrew and Jack had very different targets today, but both completed many laps and delivered consistency and pace in good measure. We’ve got more to work through with each driver before the start of the season, but I’m pleased with the progress being made.”

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