Despite missing out on silverware at Croft, a consistent fifth Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting saw Jack Goff climb up to fifth in the standings.
The West Surrey Racing driver was rewarded for his consistency in North Yorkshire, as a brace of fourth place finishes and ninth spot in a wet final race moved Goff to within 38 points of team-mate, Sam Tordoff.
“It’s been a good weekend for myself and Team IHG® Rewards Club”, Goff said after climbing the standings at Croft, collecting 38 points in comparison to 29 for Tordoff.
“I’ve equalled my best points haul of the season, moved up three places to fifth in the championship and closed the gap to the championship lead.”
Goff harried the Triple Eight MG6 of Ashley Sutton for much of the opening race, but lost out on a podium in race two through circumstances out of his own hands.
Lying third behind the battling Silverline Subaru BMR Racing duo of Jason Plato and Colin Turkington, Goff was forced into evasive action when the Levorg pair came together in his path at Tower Bend. Goff fell to fourth, while WSR team-mate Rob Collard slipped by the trio on his way to victory.
“I was very pleased to get fourth in the opening race from sixth on the grid”, added Goff, who felt he could have graced the podium in race two. “In the second race, I was lying third and unfortunately had to brake to avoid the leaders when they crashed into each other and ended up losing a place, so I finished fourth again.”
The final race was Goff”s chance to adapt to RWD in damp conditions, experience which he was grateful for ahead of the summer break.
“I’ve never raced a rear-wheel drive touring car in the wet before so ninth was OK in the final race, and has definitely given me a lot of learning for next time.”