Jack Goff leaves MG at joint top of standings

Jack Goff felt he proved himself in the opening rounds of the British Touring Car Championship with his first podium for the Triple Eight Racing MG squad, only narrowly missing out on a victory with a close battle with eventual winner Matt Neal.

Goff started his weekend with a sixth placed qualifying result, before finishing fourth, ninth and second in the three races respectively, leaving him joint first in the standings with the Honda of Neal.

“It’s nice to get it done in the first weekend,” Goff told TouringCarTimes. “It’s nice to get it off your back, getting that first podium under your belt with a new team. It’s a good start to the year, to come away leading the championship is great for me, its the first time I’ve led the touring car championship. Back in 2012 I left round one 1 leading the Clio Cup championship which I went on to win so we’ll see where we are when we come back here in October.”

Previously Goff had said he felt the pressure was on with the Triple Eight drive, and felt he had to deliver given the team’s illustrious history.

“The team’s got a reputation and I need to keep that reputation going so I’ll find out how happy the boss is when I get back to the garage, see how big his smile is,” said Goff with a big smile. “If its not big enough then we’ll make sure we improve for the next time.”

Looking forward to Donington Park, the MG driver expects a hard fought challenge with the new increased ballast amounts adding significant weight to the car.

“It’s like having a small person in the passenger seat, it’s really heavy,” explained Goff. “It’s going to hurt at Donington up and down the hills and even things like braking and accelerating, it’s a massive hindrance for us but failing that we’re still going to be pushing for the top two rows in qualifying and prove to everyone that we’re here to fight for the championship.”