Jack Goff pleasantly surprised to leave Brands Hatch with shared points lead

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Jack Goff admits it is a nice surprise to leave the opening three rounds of the season leading the championship standings with Matt Neal.

After finishing P4 and P9 in the opening two encounters at Brands Hatch, the MG Triple Eight Racing driver produced a scintillating display to secure second place in race three, hounding Neal throughout it’s entirety.

Goff told BTCC Crazy: “I didn’t even expect to reach the third race let alone lead the championship. It is a nice surprise but also a bit of a downer because we now head to Donington with full ballast.

“Coming to a team like Triple Eight brings a lot of pressure and expectation so to get a podium in the first weekend is brilliant and a nice way to get the monkey off my back so to speak.

“It has been a lot of hard work throughout the winter and my sponsors have been mega to ensure I’m on the grid. Hopefully we can have more of the same now as the season progresses.”

Commenting on the battle with Neal, Goff added: “I wasn’t quite close enough to challenge Matt on the last lap. That Civic Type-R is quick in a straight line and we seemed to not have the legs on him when we got onto the straights.

“I knew we were in a good position so it was important not to make any risky moves. There were a few instances where I had a look but Matt drove well and didn’t make any mistakes.

“I had hoped that the soft tyres would fall off the cliff but it never seemed to happen so I just tried to see how else I could find a way around him. Second was still a great result though.”

With rounds 4, 5 and 6 taking the championship to Donington Park in two weeks time, Goff is still confident that he and the MG will be front runners despite the weight penalty.

“75kgs in the MG around Donington Park is going to be really tough,” admitted Goff.

“It will have a massive affect not only on the acceleration but also the braking. We will work hard between now and Donington to address a few issues and then aim for the front two rows.

“I’m still improving and so is the car, this is just the start.”

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