Jack Goff optimistic of strong Thruxton showing for MG

Jack Goff

Jack Goff is confident he can remain in the championship picture this weekend at Thruxton, and has his sights set on a trio of top six finishes.

The MG Triple Eight Racing driver currently sits sixth in the points standings after strong showings in the opening two events and now heads to the high-speed Hampshire circuit chasing more.

Since they returned in 2012, Thruxton is one of only two circuits that MG is yet to win at on the current calendar and Goff is optimistic that this season presents the British marque with its best opportunity yet.

However, the 24-year-old is wary of how much the increase in success ballast will play its part in the outcome of this weekends three encounters.

Goff said: “I really enjoy racing at Thruxton. It usually takes a session to get your head back into the track as its pretty quick, but by the time qualifying comes round we should be in the hunt. It’s a top circuit, and a bit of a ‘balls out’ track.

“Everyone thinks its about engine speed, however this isn’t the case, I feel a better balanced car is a bigger advantage than pure engine power. I don’t think the weight will make as big a difference around Thruxton as it did at Donington. At Donington there are a lot of hills where the ballast can affect you, Thruxton there is only really two proper braking zones.

“That being said, I would still prefer to have no ballast over 75kg! I think in a race situation it could be an issue as tyre wear is a big factor at Thruxton anyway so adding the extra ballast may cause some an issue.”

He added: “I think we’re in good shape and I’m aiming for three top-6 finishes, but I also want to be up on the podium again. I’ll see what qualifying brings and work from there!”

Having been caught up in incidents at Brands Hatch and Donington Park, Goff is now one strike away from being handed a grid-drop penalty to the rear of the field.

You can read what Goff’s team mate, Andrew Jordan, had to say on the challenge that Thruxton presents here.

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