Jack Goff will remain with Team HARD for a second successive season in the British Touring Car Championship, after signing an early deal to stay at Tony Gilham’s squad.
Goff returned to the Essex-based team in 2019, having originally raced for Team HARD in his first two years in the BTCC in 2013 and 2014, with a then-late deal to continue in the BTCC.
Having been a regular front-runner in 2017 and 2018 when he was competing in a Eurotech Racing Honda Civic, Goff struggled on his return to the Volkswagen CC in the first half of 2019, missing out on a top ten finish until August.
Goff’s fortunes improved in the second half of the year, as he went on to take a shock first win for Team HARD at Silverstone in the rain, followed by a top ten finish at the season finale at Brands Hatch.
“It’s a pleasure to re-sign for Team HARD. Racing,” said Goff. “We made some good progress across the year with limited testing opportunities and with the testing plan we have in place, I am confident of making big strides with the car and the team for the 2020 season.
“Tony showed faith in me by putting me in the car at the last moment for the 2019 season, however we knew we would be up against it with no pre-season testing.
“I’m delighted to be able to repay the team with their first BTCC victory at Silverstone which was the biggest highlight of the year.
“I am now looking forward to getting started again with the lads at HQ and my engineer Adam to make sure we hit the ground running at the start of the season.
“Lastly, I want to thank all of my sponsors and the supporters of the BTCC for making it possible in the first place.”
Team HARD are working to develop the Volkswagen CC car, with an all-new 2020 version expected to appear for next year.
“It is great to have Jack back for another season with the team and the Volkswagen CC,” said Team Principal Gilham. “2019 was a whirlwind for Jack after securing the drive just two days before media day but was on the pace right from the get-go and spent the 2019 season as a testing year after missing the entire winter.
“Despite this he still managed to pick up the team’s first overall win in one of the most exciting BTCC races I’ve seen for a while, a moment this team will never forget.
“The 2019 scoreboard doesn’t reflect Jack’s performances last season as many times whilst running near the front, accident damage put him out of the points and the race.
“The fact that Jack isn’t classified in nine of the 30 rounds is testament to the challenging year we all had as a team but that’s touring cars.
“We’ve put that behind us now and I’m excited to have Jack onboard and confirmed this early into the winter break, it gives Jack time to run through our winter test programme and make the required changes to suit his driving style.”