MG Triple Eight Racing’s Andrew Jordan and Jack Goff were left frustrated after qualifying yesterday as both drivers failed to break into the top ten at Brands Hatch.
Featuring towards the sharp end of the grid in free practice, the factory-supported duo ultimately went on to challenge at the top of the timesheets early in the session before others improved.
Undergoing a change in differential in-between practice sessions, the 2013 champion and man with mathematical shot at the title was left scratching his head with his lowly grid spot.
“It was frustrating,” admitted Jordan. “The car was so unpredictable in qualifying and that meant I couldn’t commit every lap. There is such a fine line and if you push that little bit more it could come round and bite you so that brings the confidence down slightly. I compare everything to 2013 as that was the best car I have ever been in and you have to work with it, not against it.
“Race day is going to be one where we have to play the long game now. We will devise a strategy and see what we can do, a podium in race three would be the goal I’d say.”
For team mate Goff, finishing as the top MG6 GT in P11 was a small comfort for what could have been third place, had he not hit traffic on his fastest lap through the penultimate sector.
Goff admitted to BTCC Crazy: “We could have been P3 if I’m honest. I had set personal best times in sectors one and two but then I hit traffic in the way of Martin Depper in the third one. That cost me three tenths of a second and as we have now seen, that is the difference between the second row and the sixth.
“We’ve got the soft tyre for race three but it doesn’t really matter as it won’t impact our position in the championship. We’ve got to keep our head down and you never know if it will kick off in front of us, if it does hopefully we will be able to pick up the pieces.”
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