Jack Goff admitted a lack of straight line speed made it difficult to progress from 17th in the opening British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Silverstone.
Goff, who qualified lower than expected along with his two WSR team-mates, championship leader Sam Tordoff and series stalwart Rob Collard, was initially able to make a few places up at the start, but had to take avoiding action at turn one from Warren Scott’s stricken Subaru Levorg GT.
A boisterous battle ensued in the midfield throughout the first contest, in which Goff eventually emerged 13th at the chequered flag. The BRDC Superstar admitted it had been a hectic fight to earn his points in the opening encounter of the day.
“It was [boisterous]. We were up against it, we haven’t got the straight line speed so we’d get a move done into a corner and they’d overtake us again on the straight. It is quite frustrating, really.” explained Goff.
Even with his success ballast from the first race eliminated from the equation, Goff feels it will make little difference and is hopeful of avoiding being stuck behind slower cars in the middle contest.
“We only had nine kilograms anyway so it’s not a massive amount, we were pretty quick in that race but we couldn’t really show it because we’re stuck behind people who are probably slower than us, but it is what it is.”
Having admitted after qualifying he was aiming for a reverse grid result, he underlined that remained his objective despite the result of race one, but expressed it might be easier said than done.
“If we could get a top ten that would be really nice, it’s just hard to keep your nose clean though.”