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Triple Eight aiming for opening weekend victory

Triple Eight Racing has set its sights on victory as it bids to start the 2015 British Touring Car Championship season in the best possible way.

The factory-backed outfit, which claimed the manufacturers’ trophy last season, was bullish about its chances ahead of the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch after a productive winter of running with their tried and tested MG6.

The team also has a new driver line-up, having signed 2013 champion Andrew Jordan – who enters a second spell with the team – and Jack Goff to pilot their pair of machines.

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Jordan insisted that his sights were set on capturing a second series crown, with the more immediate aim of maintaining his recent good form at the track, with the incentive of a third-consecutive pole on the Indy layout also up for grabs.

“I’m more experienced than when I initially drove for Triple Eight and I’m driving a lot better too,” he said. “I’ve got a title now, so that monkey is off my back, and this is the first year I can focus solely on being a racing driver. The MG is a very good car and we’ve got a great team here; I want to lead the team forward and go for the title again.

“To get pole three years on the trot at the first race will be fantastic, and to do it this year with a new team and new car, that’s really my aim. It’s all about who doesn’t get traffic and who strings their lap together the best, which I’ve managed to do in the last few years. It will be close, that’s for sure.”

Goff, whose MG will be clad in stickers that represent all of his sponsors, was also focused on securing a strong grid slot for his first race with the marque.

“The stickers are like a badge of honour for me,” he quipped. “Without the support of these businesses I wouldn’t be here speaking about touring cars, it’s as simple as that. Some of these firms have been with me since day one and together they keep me humble and remind me of the great support I have behind me.

“I need to get a good qualifying performance. We certainly have a car and team capable of winning races now, which I haven’t been able to say in past years. That’s meant as no disrespect to my previous teams, but this is definitely my best shot at becoming a podium regular and challenging for wins. It’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for, so now I need to go out there and do the best job that I can.”

Photo courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography.

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