Jack Goff was elated with his first podium for Eurotech Racing in the opening BTCC race at Thruxton, but his push for victory was mired by a deficit to the works Honda cars in the low-speed corners at the Complex.
He also pointed to the sustainable performance of Gordon Shedden and Tom Ingram, who claimed second and fourth respectively, as an indicator that increased ballast shouldn’t harm his chances in the middle contest.
Speaking to TouringCars.net shortly after the race, Goff admitted his advantage through the high-speed sections was neutralised by the superior low-speed cornering of the works Honda Civic Type R.
“We didn’t quite get the car perfect for that race, we’re going to go back and fine-tune it a bit now, we couldn’t quite keep with them [Neal and Shedden] through the Complex – that was our weakest point, at high speed we seemed good,” explained Goff.
“It was just the low-speed corners we were struggling with. We’ll go back to the drawing board and have a tinker and see what we can do.”
“I don’t think the weight is making too much of a difference around here, you can see Gordon held on to second and Tom [Ingram] was fourth behind me.”
Goff also admitted he was confused by the actions of Ant Whorton-Eales, who interuppted the fight for spoils at the front by taking multiple laps to allow the leaders to lap him, including a moment off-circuit at Church.
“I don’t really know what he was doing, to be honest, he had a massive moment in front of me at Church and I was almost collected by it, I had to back right out of the power. I don’t really know why he was staying in the fight for the lead.” said Goff.
The pace of Tom Ingram in the later stages of the race was also a concern for the Eurotech Racing rising star, though he explained that, over the course of a lap of the 2.3 mile Thruxton circuit, the contest between the two was effectively a stalemate.
“He was quicker, again, through the Complex section, we were quicker around the back section. It was a sort of stalemate, really, if I could defend into the slow stuff then we were okay when we got out the back. I think it was pretty even on speed towards the end of the race.”
“We still want to take the fight to them, we’re the lightest of the three [Type R cars]. I’m certainly pushing for a win and definitely a podium again.”