Jack Goff “going in blind” to race one despite best qualifying

Triple Eight Racing’s Jack Goff concedes he is “going in blind” to the first race of the day at Rockingham, despite a career-best qualifying performance yesterday.

Goff put his MG6 GT fourth on the grid after having briefly held pole position, and moved up to third after Honda Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden was penalised for a pitlane infringement.

But the former Clio Cup champion said the lack of running in first practice, added to his lack of testing at Rockingham, could hinder his chances on raceday.

Speaking to TouringCarTimes, Goff said: “The MG’s always been strong here in qualifying but unfortunately I’ve not tested here – I’ve not tested at most tracks. Going into race one we haven’t done a race distance, so we’re going in blind.

“It set me back because the first session I just use to get used to the car, get a general baseline feel for it. So to miss that was a bit of a pain, but it’s the same for everyone else out there.

“We’ve got what we’ve got, and we’ve got to get on with it.”

Assessing his qualifying performance, Goff added: “I made a bit of a mistake just before you turn into the chicane and on the radio they called me in. Then in the second sector I went purple by a tenth, which would have put me P3.

“I’m a bit more annoyed that Shedden pipped me by three thousands! But at the same time we’re definitely within a shout of third.

“It’s good to be at the front, hopefully we’ll be away from a bit of the carnage and we can go out and get a decent laptime for race two as well.”