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Monday, 20 June, 2016

Jack Goff bounces back with treble points at Croft

Jack Goff put the frustrations of Oulton Park three weeks ago firmly behind him as he piloted the Team IHG Rewards Club backed BMW 125i M-Sport to a hat-trick of points finishes around the tight and challenging 2.13 mile Croft circuit in north Yorkshire.

In doing so, the fans favorite and one-time race winner threw himself back into contention for the Drivers championship, moving up to fifth overall in the standings with a 38 point deficit to West Surrey Racing team-mate Sam Tordoff at the summit of the table.

A weekend in which Goff would equal his best points score of the season began with a solid qualifying effort in another closely fought thirty-minute session. A best time of 1:24.068 placed the High Wycombe racer 6th behind Tordoff, a mere 0.460 seconds shy of pole-sitter Colin Turkington.

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Goff made a good start in the first contest and moved up into fourth in the early stages. Despite successfully holding back the advances of 2013 series winner Andrew Jordan throughout the race duration, Jack was equally unable to pass series newcomer Ashley Sutton in the MG and was forced to settle for fourth on the road, one position shy of the silverware.

In yet more frustrating circumstances, it was a result that would be repeated in race two, though arguably Goff could have emerged as the race winner. Goff ran in third at half-distance behind the Subaru duo of Turkington and Jason Plato, with his other WSR team-mate Rob Collard in close company due to one of his trademark storming performances through the field. A clash at half-distance for the lead in front forced Goff to break to avoid a collision, and Collard duly took advantage to relieve all three cars of position and relegate Goff to fourth once more, a position he retained to the chequered flag.

The third and final race saw the first wet weather conditions for a BTCC race since the finale of 2014, and Goff held on impressively despite the treacherous conditions to complete a hat-trick of top ten finishes in ninth whilst several other experienced heads fell by the wayside.

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Taking the positives from the triple header, Goff proved both he and the IHG Rewards Club-backed BMW were not only among the fastest packages in the field, but also the most consistent as he closed the gap at the top of the standings.

Team IHG Rewards Club also benefited from Goff's strong showings to move up into 6th in the HiQ Teams Championship, and are now the highest ranked single-car entry

The BTCC now takes its annual summer break and will resume for the next three rounds at Snetterton over the last weekend of July [30th-31st] on the 300 configuration of the Norfolk circuit.

Jack Goff said: “It’s been a good weekend for myself and Team IHG® Rewards Club. I’ve equalled my best points haul of the season, moved up three places to fifth in the championship and closed the gap to the championship lead. I was very pleased to get fourth in the opening race from sixth on the grid and in the second race I was lying third and unfortunately had to brake to avoid the leaders when they crashed into each other and ended up losing a place, so I finished fourth again. I’ve never raced a rear-wheel drive touring car in the wet before so ninth was OK in the final race, and has definitely given me a lot of learnings for next time.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Jack and Team IHG® Rewards Club have been impressive this weekend; it’s exactly what they needed after Oulton Park and two strong fourth places and a ninth in the wet have helped Jack move up from eighth to fifth in the championship. Today was the first time Jack’s ever raced the BMW in the wet, but I was impressed by the maturity he showed in working with his engineer to make sure he brought the car home safely in a good points position. I’m sure he’ll be even stronger in the second half of the season."

Damian Meaden