Besides Renault “launching” their F1 project, and Team Vortex unveiling their livery for Craig Lowndes, not much has happened in the world of motorsport this week, making it a perfect time to revisit Just Who Is, today featuring one of the BTCC’s biggest young talents, Jack Goff. If you’ve missed the first three of this series you can catch up with Esteban Ocon, Alex Lynn, and Tom Blomqvist by clicking on their names on the links above.
It’s quite remarkable that at the age of just 24, Goff is about to embark on his fourth season in the BTCC. After competing in the Clio Cup for two seasons (2010 & 2011), Goff claimed the title at the third time of asking, beating nearest rival and Clio Cup legend Paul Rivett by nine points in the season finale at Brands Hatch. A switch to Team HARD for the 2013 BTCC was his reward and Goff ended his maiden BTCC campaign with a fine second placed finish in the last race of the season at Brands Hatch GP.
Remaining with the Vauxhall Insignia for a second season, Goff switched to the BTCC’s newest superpower, Team BMR for 2014 and although second podium eluded him, a mid season switch to the VW Passat helped consolidate 14th place in the championship, and a 48 point improvement on his debut campaign.
2015 was heralded as potentially a enormous year for Goff. Another move, this time to BTCC heavyweights Triple Eight promised heaps of potential, however the ageing MG 6 chassis and Triple Eight’s lack of progress over the winter break meant Goff and his teammate Jordan were rarely challenging at the very front of the field. A storming start to 2015 at Brands Hatch saw Goff head into round two at Donnigton Park in joint lead of the championship, but as both the Honda’s and VW’s began to find their footing, Triple Eight failed to keep up with the pace, and Goff ended 2015 9th in the championship.
Goff’s long awaited maiden BTCC win at Snetterton was one of the highlights of the 2015 season, and along with a further three podiums ensured that 2015 was not the disappointment it could have been for Goff. Announced at the 2016 Autosport International Show, his move from Triple Eight to join WSR and IHG Rewards Club BMW completed the mass exodus of drivers at Ian Harrison’s squad, and was the move which prompted me to explore what was going on at Triple Eight.
Taking the place of touring car legend Andy Priaulx at WSR will be no easy task, and despite his enormous potential, work will be required to ensure the BMW 1 series, now entering it’s fourth BTCC season stays competitive right up until race 30 at Brands Hatch in October. However, as Priaulx, Collard and Tordoff all proved last year, the WSR BMW is a race winning car, and unlike previous seasons, Goff finally has the machinery to match his obvious talent. Heralded as the BTCC’s next big thing, 2016 is shaping up to be a momentous year for the young charger from High Wycombe, and whilst a championship charge will remain on Goff’s radar, adding to his growing tally of podiums and race wins is almost certainly on the cards.