After incidents made for a frustrating Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship weekend at Rockingham, Jack Goff says he is ready to play the team game in the final two meetings of the season.
The West Surrey Racing man recovered from 25th on the grid to 12th in the opening race of the weekend at the Corby Motor Speedway, after electrical problems hindered all three of the team’s BMWs in a dramatic qualifying session.
Goff was then an innocent victim of an incident between Josh Cook and Jason Plato at the Deene hairpin in race two, before separate collisions with Mark Howard‘s Volkswagen CC at Tarzan in race two and from behind at Yentwood in the final race put out the IHG® Rewards Club driver on both occasions.
Lamenting the incidents in question, Goff told The Checkered Flag that bad luck has cost him significantly this season, saying: “I reckon it’s probably three weekends which, together, have cost us about 80 points.
“Things like that are frustrating when it’s out of your control, whereas if it’s your own fault, you hold your hands up. The speed is there. We’re doing well with it, but at times haven’t been able to show it off. That’s racing I guess.”
The series next moves to Silverstone in less than a month’s time (17/18 September), Goff expecting the visit to Northamptonshire to be equally as unpredictable.
“It’s not the best track for the team”, he said. “We’re OK on race pace. We know what touring cars is like though; we qualified 25th, 26th and 27th here and had a first and a third.”
Lying 10th overall but now 84 points adrift of WSR team-mate Sam Tordoff, Goff says that he is prepared to help stablemates Tordoff and Rob Collard when possible in the remaining six races, although wins are still on his mind in his first year driving RWD machinery.
Goff commented: “It’s also at that point now where I can help my boys on the other side of the garage out so that one of them can win the championship.
“I’m still racing for results for myself. I want to go out there and win races, but if I can help out my lads then I can look at that.”