Jack Goff felt that “a weight had been lifted” after taking his maiden Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory at Snetterton in round 18 of the season.
The former Renault UK Clio Cup champion broke his BTCC victory duck in the final race of the day in Norfolk, leading from the moment the lights went out as he beat Team BMR‘s Jason Plato by 0.315s.
Goff, now in his third season of BTCC, admitted that the success was a relief to finally achieve, telling TCF: “It feels really great, mostly to get this off my shoulders.
“We’ve finally got a win and the first for the team as well, so hopefully we can push on now and get a few more.”
The race was ultimately headed from start to finish by the MG driver, the only scare coming from a lurid moment at Coram on the final lap as Plato loomed larger in the eventual winner’s mirrors.
Goff said: “I was managing the gap, backed off slightly but then I made a mistake on the last lap at Coram after I hadn’t made a single one all race!
“I was treating it like a qualifying run; trying not to make any mistakes and counting the laps down one-by-one.”
Further relief came the way of Goff’s Triple Eight squad, who finally broke their win duck of 2015 after the 18th attempt of the season.
Goff admitted that the MG squad’s rivals had made a big step in 2015, a catalyst to the outfit’s push to improve and take the fight back in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
“From the outside, I suppose it looks as though we’ve gone backwards since last year with Jason [Plato], but if you look at the lap times from each session – yes we hadn’t won races, but we improved in quite a few places from last year.
“We’ve pushed the car forward from last year, but everyone else has made a bigger step forward than we have.
“We’ll go away, take at look at this weekend’s success and see how we can improve more from then.”