Jack Goff has announced that budget issues have forced him to make the decision to sit out the next British Touring Car Championship round at Knockhill, focusing on the remaining trio of events that follow.
The reigning UK Renault Clio Cup champion came off the back of by far the most competitive weekend of his rookie BTCC season at Snetterton, qualifiyng a personal best eighth place on the grid as he unlocked the potential of his Team HARD Vauxhall Insignia.
The 22-year-old however has run into budget concerns which, after being in talks with the team and his own sponsors, mean that Goff will miss the next event at Knockhill on August 24-25, the decision to focus on making it out for the final three rounds of the season being a greater long-term option.
Goff earlier tweeted: “Absolutely gutted to announce I won’t be able to race at Knockhill due to budget issues”, the HARD driver having never driven at Knockhill before.
Team HARD boss Tony Gilham remained full of praise for his driver, adding: “Jack has shown some astonishing pace at times already this season and we know the car is very quick. There is plenty more to come from Jack and the Insignia and we look forward to seeing what he can do when we get to Rockingham in a few weeks time.
“I’m sure he will be back better than ever and finally get the positions he deserves. I am confident that we will still see Jack on the podium this year – he has the pace and just needs to get that little bit of luck that has been missing so far this season.”
With Kieran Gallagher having announced he will be driving the second Insignia for the squad at the Scottish round, fellow Scot Chris Knox recently joined Gallagher at a test at Brands Hatch on Wednesday (August 7), Gilham yet to announce a possible replacement for Goff at the event.