Jack Goff is setting his sights on podium finishes at Brands Hatch as he gears up for his maiden competitive outing in the West Surrey Racing BMW 1-Series.
Replacing Andy Priaulx in the IHG Rewards-backed NGTC machine for 2016, the 25-year-old is in a buoyant mood as he joins Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard for the upcoming campaign under Dick Bennetts’ command.
Still getting to grips with the 1-Series throughout testing, Goff is optimistic that both he and his team mates can hit the ground running towards the front this weekend.
Speaking to BTCC Crazy, Goff said: “I’ve got that monkey off my back so I want more wins and as we’ve seen in the past, if you’re winning races then you’re in the championship hunt. Obviously we aren’t going to run before we can walk but the aim is to be in the mix and at the front as much as possible.
“I want to be in the mix at Brands Hatch and I think we can be – not only me but also Sam and Rob. We’ve worked hard and got through a lot throughout the off-season so we will see where we stack up. It is difficult to know where everyone else is on pace in relation to us but I feel we have a solid base to pick up some silverware.”
Enjoying several test days during pre-season, the initial feel and transition of rear-wheel-drive has left the former Renault UK CLio Cup champion relatively happy.
“We probably haven’t done the amount of testing we originally wanted to do but that hasn’t been down to the team,” the one-time race winner explained. “The weather hasn’t been ideal and there have been a few minor parts issues but overall it has been going really well.
“I’ve settled really well into the team and West Surrey Racing are true professionals. The attention to detail is meticulous, nothing is missed and that has been really good. I’ve been working behind-the-scenes with the team back at base and getting to grips with the BMW has pretty slick so far.
“The balance is a lot different to the front-wheel-drive cars but it seems to work well and fills me with confidence – which is what you want from a race car. Ask me on Saturday evening whether we have really done our homework though.”
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