Jack Goff reflected on a weekend of highs and lows at Snetterton, saying that Eurotech Racing ‘win as a team and lose as a team’ after a mistake robbed him of a chance to follow up his race one win in the second encounter.
After the highs of taking two pole positions on Saturday, Goff fought to a victory in a wet race one – despite the best efforts of Subaru’s Ash Sutton, who he pipped on the finish line.
But the highs of winning quickly disappeared in race two, when his team failed to release him in time to make it to the grid, forcing him to start from the pitlane.
That resulted in a points-less finish in the middle race, before Goff fought to second in the ‘diamond double’ race three, having started from pole position.
Goff had led the early stages of the race but was caught out by the rain on lap nine and lost the lead to Honda’s Matt Neal, which he was unable to regain.
“It started to rain and being the first person to it, I hit the brake pedal and as soon as I hit the brake pedal I just thought ‘ah, we’re in trouble here’,” explained Goff to TouringCars.Net.
“Had it not been for the safety car we might have been alright as we had a two-and-a-half second gap at that point, and we were managing it, but that safety car obviously brought them back on to us.
“I had my strengths, Matt had his strengths and Tom [Ingram] had his strengths over both of us at some points. It was a tricky race to manage. None of us really knew what to expect from the tyres.
“We started to catch Matt again and with one lap to go I thought we could just get him. It was close at the end, but not quite close enough.”
Despite missing out on the much-coveted double points win, and his earlier misfortune in race two, Goff was positive about his weekend, which saw him reduce a 50-point deficit to the top of the championship table to 17 points at the end of the weekend.
“Race two was a shame – we should have been on pole and we didn’t get it out to start the race and had to start at the back.
“We win as a team and we lose as a team at WIX Racing with Eurotech. We learn from our mistakes and it was nice to know that we could come back out on pole in the last race and try and make up for that.
“We’re doing well in the championship which is one positive, but at the same time the ballast hurts us going into the next weekend. It is what it is, we deal with it, and the championship goes like that.
“The championship has flipped on its head a little bit and we’ll go out fighting into the next one.
“The second half of the year always seems to be better for me for some reason, but to be fair apart from Croft, we had a really good first half of the year and were on the podium at every single event.
“Croft was a shame – we didn’t score a single point – and had that been different, if we’d scored 20 points, we could be leading the championship now.
“It’s about maximising your bad weekends and getting yourself up and going again, and that’s what we did this weekend.”