Jack Goff admits he was going to fight until the bitter end to ensure he rounded off his first season with MG Triple Eight Racing on the podium – ultimately denying eventual champion Gordon Shedden a rostrum finish.
In what has been a strong season for the BRDC Superstar, a total of three podiums plus a maiden and popular win have been earned by Goff behind the wheel of his MG6 GT. And this past weekend, as he looked to once again seek Brands Hatch silverware, the former Renault UK Clio Cup driver produced a stunning display.
After opting to set a competitive lap time in race one and then go onto finish fifth in the second encounter, Goff came under intense pressure from a host of drivers in the final round of the season before Shedden launched his attack in the closing laps. Having charged from P19 to fourth, the Scotsman was in a title winning position but refused to hold station, electing to attack the MG man. Whilst others had allowed Shedden room to progress, Goff dug his heels in the sand and defended valiantly, ultimately prevailing.
“I was never going to give up that podium – regardless of whether there was championship to be won or not although I made sure there was enough room and respect,” said Goff. “We are here for ourselves and that final race was the best the car has been all weekend. I knew that Matt [Neal] was going to try and help Gordon [Shedden] in the latter stages so I just had to make the move when I did.
“It was a great race though and it is something about this circuit, and battling Gordon that brings the best out in me. To bring home another pot is a great result not only for the team but also the sponsors as it is nice to take into the winter.”
Having brought to a close a hugely successful maiden season with the factory-supported outfit, the 24-year-old admits working on a deal for 2016 is already well underway.
He explained: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first year at MG. The work for 2016 has already begun and we will sit down soon and assess where is best to move forward – obviously I would love to stay where I am. I feel I’ve developed as a driver this season and that has shown in my results so if we can continue plugging away both on and off the track I’m really confident to see what we can achieve.”
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