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Jack Goff happy with “best in the front-wheel drive class” at Rockingham

Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff said he was happy with the results of the Rockingham race weekend, narrowly missing out on pole and walking away with a podium and two further top five finishes in a race where he says the rear-wheel drive cars were “in their own league.”

A rear-wheel drive car took pole and won every race for the first time at the Northamptonshire circuit, with James Cole taking his first pole position in the Subaru and his first win, with Goff finishing third after losing second on the final lap to the other Subaru of Ash Sutton.

Goff would finish fifth in Race 2, after being baulked by Cole at Deene after having passed Sutton’s Subaru at the start, and then dropped back, while he’d rescue fourth in Race 3, losing out on another podium to Team BMR’s Jason Plato in the closing stages of the race.

“I got the run on (Sutton) and got pushed onto the infield slightly,” said Goff to TouringCarTimes. “And then I got boxed in behind James Cole into Deene and he braked really early which allowed a load of cars around the outside of me. So, my good start sort of cost me, but these things happen.

“We were the top points-scoring front-wheel drive car today, which I think is what we’ve got to look at,” he added. “The rear-wheel drive cars seem to be in a different league to us.

“So, we ‘won’ our class in theory. We got a podium, and a fourth and a fifth.”

While Goff’s Honda Civic was fast in the early stages of the race, the tyre-wearing circuit took its toll on the front tyres in each race, with Goff forced to go on the defensive during the final laps against Sutton in Race 1, Plato in Races 2 & 3 and former BMW team-mate Rob Collard in Race 3.

“It was anything but fun,” he said. “It’d been a lot easier if we had front-wheel drive cars around me, but unfortunately they were all rear-wheel drive cars, but it wasn’t too bad, we fended them off well and got away with it in the end.”