Jack Goff endured a mixed weekend of results at Thruxton as he banked points at arguably MG Triple Eight Racing’s worst track on the 2015 calendar.
Off the back of a strong opening six races to the season, the 24-year-old continued his impressive start with the reigning Manufacturer-Constructor champions by qualifying seventh.
In what turned out to be a frenetic battle for the the top six in the opening encounter, contact from Andy Priaulx saw the former Clio Cup champion cross the line in eighth.
Charging within touching distance of the podium with a fourth place finish in race two, Goff survived a snap oversteer moment at Church in the reverse grid race, ultimately relegating him to 11th at the line.
Reflecting on the weekend, Goff said: “It just didn’t really happen for us this weekend. Race two was the highlight of the weekend for me. Coming from tenth to fourth made it palatable, but it was frustrating to lose my time for the race two start.
“I think we’ve made improvements throughout the course of the weekend again. We found something in FP2, but it’s still not perfect, and we’ll need to keep chipping away. The time in race showed we’re getting there, so the pace is obviously in the car, we just haven’t had a chance to show it. Up until race three, every race I’ve finished had been in the top ten, which is pretty consistence.
“We had some damage in race one that held us back also, but it was okay. Tyres had been okay this weekend, but when the safety car went in they dropped off massively. It was surprisingy quite polite out there today and very clean and fair – perhaps if I’d hung on a bit longer I might have got a tap or two, but it was good clean racing.
He added: “Regarding our performances, well we’ve had problems with both oversteer and understeer this weekend. There has been a general lack of grip all round really; there wasn’t much fight in the car in the third race at all and I did the best I could, but it wasn’t the result I wanted, or needed.”
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