Jack Goff is setting his sights on more silverware in 2016 and believes he will have the capabilities to become a title protagonist after inking a deal to join West Surrey Racing.
Enjoying what turned out to be a fruitful campaign with MG Triple Eight racing in 2015, the 24-year-old was unveiled as the driver to replace the departing Andy Priaulx under the Team IHG Rewards Club yesterday [14th January].
Set to pilot the rear-wheel-drive BMW 1-Series, Goff admits switching to Dick Bennetts’ outfit is deal that was too good for him to even consider anything else.
“This is a great deal for me,” admitted Goff to BTCC Crazy at the Autosport Show. “I was working harder than ever to secure a deal on the grid and then suddenly West Surrey Racing rang me up out of the blue, we talked and this deal was offered and it has been signed pretty quickly.
“It is nice for me to have a deal in place so early because normally I am not getting everything in place until a much later date. To work with BMW and such an iconic team like WSR is a dream come true and I really want to repay everyone’s hard work and faith that has been shown towards me down the years.”
With one victory on his racing CV currently, the High Wycombe-based racer is now focused on becoming a regular visitor to the top step and is confident he can be a constant thorn in the side of the usual title protagonists.
He said: “I feel I have one of the best packages on the grid so there is no reason why I shouldn’t challenge towards the front. Dick Bennetts is a fantastic team boss to have and I’m sure we will work well together. In terms of switching to rear-wheel-drive; this will be the first touring car I drive with this configuration so it will be tricky to start off with.
“We’ve got a heavy testing programme though drawn up and we will aim to get to as many circuits as possible. Testing is where I need to get on top of the car so come Brands Hatch we should be in the ball park. I want more podiums, more wins and I honestly believe I’m in a position to challenge for the championship – that’s why I’m here at the end of the day.”
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