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Friday, 5 August, 2016

Jack Goff secures points brace at Snetterton

Jack Goff claimed a brace of points finishes behind the wheel of the Team IHG Rewards Club BMW last weekend at Snetterton [30th-31st July], as the second half of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season got underway in Norfolk.

Despite carrying 39 kilograms of success ballast on board the striking white and orange liveried BMW 125i M-Sport during the thirty minute qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, Goff was able to secure a midfield position, starting 16th in the 31-strong grid of NGTC machines.

The BRDC Superstar continued to make progress in the first of three races screened live on ITV4 on the Sunday, culminating in an 11th placed finish that not only marked the pace and potential of both driver and car around the 2.99 mile circuit, but also rid his car of the success ballast for the next encounter.

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The second race had to be started twice, both with contrasting fortunes for Goff. At the first attempt he continued his rise through the time sheets, claiming two positions within the opening half a lap to move in 9th, before a multi-car pile-up further down the order brought out the red flags, and necessitated a restart. However, misfortune struck and a prop shaft issue ruled Goff out of proceedings as he failed to complete the second formation lap.

Superb work by the Team IHG Rewards Club and West Surrey Racing mechanics saw Jack take to the grid for the final race mere hours later, albeit in 26th. Whilst stablemate Sam Tordoff was forced to retire with a similar issue to Goff, the latter took a stunning ten positions on the first lap alone and eventually scored three points with 13th at the checkered flag in another fine display of why many tip Goff as a champion in waiting.

The end result of the triple header at Snetterton sees Goff slip to 10th in the Drivers championship, with a fifty point margin to other WSR driver Rob Collard at the summit of the standings. West Surrey Racing maintain their 36 point advantage over Honda in the Manufacturers table, whilst Team IHG Rewards Club now sit 8th in the HiQ Teams Championship, joint on points with WIX Racing in front. Significantly, this means the team are still the joint-best single car outfit in the standings.

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The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship next makes it's annual trip north of the Scottish border to Knockhill, a circuit that has favoured the BMW 125i M-Sport and it's previous incarnations in recent seasons. With four meetings to go in the 2016 season, a strong weekend for Goff could see him return to the championship frame as the business end of the season draws nearer.

Jack Goff said: “It was just one of those weekends that you have in motorsport. We had a bit of ground to make up after qualifying, but I was sure that three top-10 finishes were possible. Eleventh in race one was a good start from 16th on the grid, but then we had the issue pre-race and that was that. I made a good start in race three and was into the points after a lap – from 26th on the grid – but it was difficult to make progress; the BMW is fantastic through the corners, but some of the other cars were able to re-pass on the straights, so 13th was as high as I could manage.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Today didn’t work out quite as we’d hoped for Team IHG® Rewards Club as there were a couple of things that didn’t quite click as they might have – and that could have made a big difference to our weekend. Jack was very unlucky to have an issue that prevented him from taking the start of race two. He’d likely have finished in the top 10 and from there, could have found himself at the front – and on soft tyres – for the reversed-grid race. The points situation is very tight from fourth down to Jack in 10th, so Knockhill provides him with plenty of opportunities to make up ground.”

Damian Meaden