With staff and clients watching this weekend Wilds Sponsored Jack Goff gave a very consistent performance at Oulton Park in Cheshire. Three top ten results ensured more points went MG Triple Eight’s way at what turned out to be a processional day at this circuit.
Qualifying was to turn out to be a dramatic affair. Sitting in fifth place, the team changed to a new set of tyres and Jack headed onto his outlap to warm the tyres and get them up to pressure before heading back to the pits to swap the front and rears over. Being pulled over for a random check, the car failed the ride height and all previous times were removed dropping Jack to 27th place.
With time fast running out, the problem was corrected and the retest passed which left Jack only a couple of flying laps to get himself back in the top ten. 27th turned into 15th which turned into eighth at the end of the session.
Race one seemed to be a mundane affair with the positions at turn one being held for the majority as overtaking options are limited at this circuit. Jack moved up to seventh mid-way through after Turkington made a mistake at the hairpin. He was closing in on Shedden, who appeared to be having brake trouble, when the action was curtailed by the appearance of the safety car as Stewart Lines and Alex Martin came together and the race ultimately ended under a red flag.
With grid positions decided on fastest race one lap times, Jack missed out on a top ten start for race two as Shedden made a mistake in front of him and he lost 0.4s on what would have been undoubtedly his fastest lap of the race.
Race two seemed to be heading the same way with a procession of cars heading round the track and no opportunity to overtake. Jack spent the race hard on the heels of Turkington whilst holding Jeff Smith at bay behind him. He looked to be heading for a P11 finish when Priaulx and Collard clashed at the hairpin. Finishing ninth, Jack was in the reverse grid draw for race three.
With number six being drawn and Adam Morgan getting pole, Jack had to settle for starting ninth.
With race three seeming to follow the same pattern as the previous two, Jack settled into his racing rhythm. The only slight bit of luck coming Jack’s way was Morgan being judged to have moved off the line before the lights went out and was handed a drive through penalty. This meant Jack moved up to eighth place where he stayed until the flag.
Jack commented: “Overall I feel it was a frustrating weekend. We made qualifying harder than it needed to be. If we had one more lap in qualifying then I feel we would of gone 0.1 quicker, which could have put us p4/5.”
Sunday could have been a different story had we been on row two, as the races were pretty much follow-the-leader unfortunately. We need to focus on qualifying pace for Croft now so that we can maximise the points come Sunday.”
However it was great to have so much support from all of my brilliant sponsors and supporters over the weekend, Oulton Park was once again extremely busy and the crowd is always in good spirit.”
A great weekend for all, Thanks Jack!
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