Jack Goff was left to think what might have been as the curtain fell on the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and his maiden campaign with West Surrey Racing.
Making the switch from MG Triple Eight Racing to the IHG Rewards Club BMW during the winter, Goff kicked his season off on the right foot by taking a stellar podium at Brands Hatch Indy. That however was to be an early highlight for the 25-year-old as he adjusted to rear-wheel-drive machinery.
Strong performances throughout brought with it a second podium at Knockhill however Goff was left to rue scoring more points as he was on the receiving end of contact and bad luck.
“This really has been a season of what-ifs,” said Goff to BTCC Crazy. “Had I been a couple of car lengths back at Croft then I’d have been able to take advantage of the Subaru scrap, had Mark Howard not decided to drill into me twice at Rockingham we’d have banked solid points – the list goes on.
“I think we have lost about 80 to 90 points through no fault of our own this year but that is the way racing goes sometimes. I’ve really enjoyed being part of WSR though, they are one of the biggest teams in the paddock and the professionalism they have is second to none; I’ve really learnt a lot.
“We’ve had really good pace at times and to come away with the joint most fastest laps is small comfort but it underlines the speed we have shown. It is though fantastic to be part
Confirming that he will be out of contract in a couple of weeks, the 25-year-old admits he already has his eye on next year as he looks to once again be on the grid in Britain’s premier race series.
He explained: “I would love to be back with West Surrey Racing and BMW. Since moving up to the BTCC I haven’t remained in the same car two years in a row so it would be nice to have some continuity and have a solid foundation to build upon.
“I’m confident we would be in a very strong position if we were to come back with the same package next year. A lot of discussions need to take place though and the aim is to get everyone on-board and go for it all again. I really want to stay in the BTCC and feel I haven’t fully shown what I can do yet.”
Reflecting on the strong performances of his team-mate Sam Tordoff who narrowly missed out on the drivers’ title by two points, Goff was high in praise for his BMW counterpart.
“Sam has been a class act all year,” said Goff. “When you look at how he has conducted himself throughout the season, especially at the last round it is something to respect. He gave it everything he had but it wasn’t his day, he will no doubt be back.”
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