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BTCC's Jack Goff confident of Oulton Park success

Friday, May 12 2017

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title contender Jack Goff heads to Oulton Park next weekend (20/21 May) brimming with confidence after a haul of podium finishes at Thruxton last time out.

Having joined Eurotech over the winter, Jack has revelled in the team's Honda Civic Type R, making the most of being in the championship's benchmark chassis. Since the start of the season at Brands Hatch last month, he has been at the sharp end of the order on pace, but had to wait until Thruxton for his return to the podium, which he managed in two of the weekend's three races.

"It's always nice to get a podium in the first quarter of the year," Jack said. "Eurotech have done a brilliant job over the winter and everyone's worked hard, so it's nice to repay the lads in the team with a bit of silverware.

"It took a little bit longer than I was hoping; our pace suggested that we should have had it earlier in the year, but definitely Thruxton repaid the lads. I think we do have a strong car this year and I hope that we can continue that pace throughout the year."

Whilst Oulton Park traditionally favours the rear-wheel-drive cars, last year saw Daniel Lloyd qualify second for Eurotech and the works Honda Civics running 1-2 in the final race of the weekend before champion Gordon Shedden retired with a puncture.

Jack, who raced a rear-wheel-drive WSR BMW last year, agrees that the 1 Series will be strong next weekend. "I know the strengths and weaknesses of the BMW," he said. "I know one of the strengths is definitely Oulton Park, so I'm very aware that they are going to be very hard to beat. However, Dan put in a good performance last year, [although] you have to remember he came in with zero ballast, but at the same time I'm very confident with Eurotech. Every time we've gone out so far we've had a decent car, it carries the ballast well, and we're not going there ridiculously heavy, so I'm pretty confident.

"Qualifying is very important at Oulton Park [and] we're talking small margins in Touring Cars these days; you only need to be a tenth off and you could be four or five places back quite easily, so we need to go out and make sure we're 100% with the car. I'm pretty confident that they'll give me a brilliant car from first practice, so we need to make sure that we maximise that."

Tickets for the BTCC at Oulton Park on 20/21 May are available from £27, with free entry for under-13s. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.