Jack Goff told TCF that West Surrey Racing had “made progress” during the official Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Media Day test at Donington Park, despite being hindered by problems along the way.
The former Team Hard and Triple Eight Race Engineering racer continued his transition to rear-wheel drive with the BMW 125i M-Sport, having joined Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard at the WSR outfit for 2016.
Goff bemoaned a ‘niggly’ issue that halted his progress at times during the afternoon, although last year’s Snetterton race winner did still complete a solid 41 laps in the four hours of running.
The BMW man finished just over a second off of Matt Neal‘s ultimate best effort, as many drivers used the day to develop the latest TOCA components ahead of next weekend’s season opener at Brands Hatch on 2/3 April.
“The first hour or so was good”, Goff told The Checkered Flag after the day’s action. “We made some progress with the car.
“Then we had some issues this afternoon, so in the end we didn’t get to do as many laps as we wanted. It’s just one of those things that happens in racing, so you’ve just got to pick yourself up and get on with it.
“It’s just niggly bits and pieces, but we can’t do anything about that. It’s happened now though which is good, so we’ll get ourselves ready now for Brands Hatch.
“We’ve done our two days testing prior to [Tuesday] at Brands Hatch, so we should be in good shape there.”
The switch from the front-wheel drive MG6 GT to a rear-wheel drive BMW, coupled with the challenge of adapting to new technical regulations make it a very different scenario to what Goff encountered at this point last year, saying: “It’s different altogether this year already.
“The car’s completely different, the team is as well and of course there’s new parts on the cars this year. But, we’re all still working so I’m sure we’ll get there and I’m still learning myself.
“We’ll get there….I’ll be fine!”
With one victory in BTCC to his name, the 2012 Renault UK Clio Cup champion has more silverware on his mind as early as the opening round of the 2016 season.
“Definitely. I want more wins this season”, Goff stated to TCF, adding that starting higher up the grid will make that process easier.
“We need to get qualifying right this year so it makes everything so much easier. We’ll hopefully sort out that this season, then we’ll go from there really.”