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BTCC's Jack Goff ready to end season on a high at Brands

Friday, September 22 2017

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race-winner Jack Goff heads to the Brands Hatch finale next weekend (30 September-1 October) with his confidence sky-high following his second career win last time out at Silverstone.

Since switching to the Eurotech Honda Civic Type R this season, Goff has run consistently at the front of the field and has also taken two pole positions ahead of his first win since Snetterton 2015.

"Every time we've qualified well, we seem to be surrounded by rear-wheel-drive cars and on the Sunday they tend to have the legs on us," Goff quipped. "It was probably the first time I didn't have a BMW or Subaru directly alongside or behind me on the front row, so I knew it was going to be a better chance for me to get the win, and obviously P2 in the first race followed up by P1 was a great way to do it.

"Taking away Croft, which was out of our hands and Knockhill, we've had a good year. Certainly with our qualifying pace we've had five front row starts this year out of nine weekends, so it's been really strong and we just need to make sure we take that into the last weekend to consolidate a good year."

Jack has enjoyed some strong finishes at Brands Hatch, including his debut season in 2013 when he put a title-chasing Gordon Shedden under intense pressure in the final race of the year to claim his maiden podium finish in the Team HARD Vauxhall Insignia.

"We had that podium in my first year and in the MG as well we had a podium there," Jack recalled. "We've had some good results at Brands and I think we can end on a high, that's the main aim.

"I love the GP circuit, I think most drivers on the grid will probably say the same thing. It's in my top two tracks on the calendar and it always helps if you go well on the circuit, but it's a track that a genuinely love driving."

There's also the chance Jack could overhaul Tom Ingram for the Independent Drivers' title, with Eurotech also challenging Speedworks for the Independent Teams' crown. "I think it's pretty much between me and Tom now," he said. "We're 31 points behind, so we know we're up against it, but at the same time it's Touring Cars and one slip up by Tom and we need to make sure we're there to pounce and pick up the pieces for our side of the garage."

Jack also offered some thoughts on the overall championship, which involves two teams that he's driver for, WSR and BMR. "That's a tricky one - they're both fantastic teams," he said. "Both will be pretty well prepared going into the weekend, I'm sure they'll be 100% reliable, it is really going to come down to on-track results, so I think it'll be interesting.

"The Subaru is the fastest car on the grid by a considerable margin this year, but this the BTCC and anything can happen. You can't write off Colin because he's a true professional and he's won the championship a few times already, so I don't think it will be easy by any means for Ash, but I certainly think it's his to lose."

Tickets for the BTCC at Brands Hatch on 30 September-1 October are available in advance from £27 with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click  here.