Team HARD secures maiden BTCC win as Jack Goff masters the rain

Jack Goff secured his first win of the season at Silverstone after he gambled on the wet tyres early on.

With rain coming down on the warming up lap, Goff decided to change to the wet tyres and came charging through the field before sailing off into an unassailable six second lead – holding off the hard charging Aiden Moffat whom also pitted for wets before he spun coming out of Copse.

It was Ashley Sutton who led the field away initially but was quickly relegated back down to second after Matt Simpson perfected the under-cut coming out of Copse for the first time. Simpson’s joy was short-lived however as he was tagged by Andrew Jordan coming out of Brooklands and sent head on into the armco barrier – retiring from the race.

At the end of a chaotic first couple of laps, it was BTC Racing’s Josh Cook and Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish who led the charge with the safety car deployed so the marshals could recover Simpson’s stricken Honda Civic Type R.

With the safety car period lasting for three laps, more drivers decided to pit for wet tyres as the weather deteriorated further and the rain continued to fall.

Goff and Moffat charged through the pack, getting more grip on the wet tyres than those still running on the slicks. Pushing too hard, the Scottish driver spun coming through Copse, losing a few positions to the slick tyre runners before making them up again.

But it was Goff’s and Team HARD’s day, securing their first ever win in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

“Race two, we did the exact same thing,” explained Goff. “It started to sprinkle on the out-lap of that one and we made the call. It means so much to me, my family our sponsors and the team. I couldn’t see anything. My windscreen completely steamed up with 10 laps to go and I was driving through a little clear spot in the corner. It was so tricky.

“It’s unreal. I won my first podium with this team at Brands Hatch in 2013. It means so much for all of them. Things haven’t gone our way this year, so I’m chuffed to bits.”

It’s been a frustrating year so far for Goff with numerous amounts of bad luck. 

Moffat’s second place secured his best result of the season and the best ever result for the Infiniti Q50.

“It’s frustrating not to win,” admitted Moffat. “The car felt brilliant and I knew I had the pace. I was still confident I could come back. I need a change of overalls after that spin! It was my first rear-wheel drive wet race, so I’ll learn from it. We put a setup on it and hoped for the best. It was a big step for us today and I was confident battling at the front with Jack (Goff). It’s great to reward the team. I’ve put them through a lot with some tantrums and it’s great to be back up there.”

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal come back to grab third after pitting for the wets under the earlier safety car period.

“They were horrible conditions, but we called it a lap too late,” said Neal. “I was confused who was running wets around us. It was still giving the slick runners good grip. I’m over the moon to be on the podium again but a bit disappointed not to get further up the road. I thought about hanging around to help Dan (Cammish) and his title battle but the disparity between him on dries and myself was just too great.”

Team BMW’S Tom Oliphant ended another solid day of results with fourth, fifth was Tom Chilton and sixth was Jason Plato.

Two of the major Championship protagonists, Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan finished seventh and eight respectively after a titanic battle all race.

The Championship pendulum has swung from one way to another, but Turkington continues to lead going into Brands Hatch. 

Ninth was Michael Crees with Bobby Thompson rounding out the top-10 – making a brilliant race even better for Tony Gilham’s outfit.

Jake Hill finished 11th with Cammish 12th after losing a lot of speed late on.

Coming home 13th was Mark Blundell with Rob Smith scoring his best ever result in 14th and Sutton scoring the last point in 15th.

Turkington leads the standings by 16 points from Cammish with Jordan a further point behind in third as the Championship concludes next time out at Brands Hatch on the Grand Prix circuit.

Header image from BTCC.

By Jordan Hollands.

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