At CarShop we welcomed the recent announcement that MG fan Jack Goff has landed his dream job – behind the wheel of an MG Triple Eight Racing car in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Jack, at the tender age of 23, has years of racing history behind him. He started in karts when he was just six-years-old and celebrated his 18th birthday driving an MG ZR 190 in the MG Trophy Cup, winning on his debut and smashing the series lap record at Oulton Park and claiming eight podium finishes during the 2009 season.
Now Jack joins BTCC 2013 champion Andrew Jordan to complete the MG Triple Eight Racing team to defend the Manufacturer/Constructor title which MG wrestled from the hands of Honda last year.
Motor sport pundits began monitoring Jack’s career in earnest after he clinched the Air Asia Renault Clio Cup, one of the BTCC Touring Car Championship support races, in 2012 before stepping up to the championship the following year. .
Last year Jack finished 15th in the championship with ten top ten finishes including an eighth spot in the closing race of the year at Brands Hatch, the venue for the start of the 2015 season on April 4/5.
Jack, fromStokenchurch, Bucks, said: “MG is a fantastic marque. I started my track driving with MGs in the MG Trophy Championship in the ZR and having had seven MGs in my lifetime, I have a real soft spot for them.
“I spent a lot of hours in the garage working on my MG racecars over the years! MG has one of the most devoted and passionate sets of supporters of any car manufacturer. To have that support, hopefully, is going to be a real bonus. It’s a brand that gets into your blood so I can’t wait to do well for the team this year.
“Triple Eight has a big reputation for winning. You walk around the factory and there are trophies everywhere. I wouldn’t say there is pressure on me to perform because of that, but it gives you confidence in your performance before you’ve turned a wheel.”
Jack added: “These guys make up arguably the best touring car team in the world so the only pressure on me comes from myself. I have come here expecting to win races.”
Triple Eight Racing’s Managing Director, Ian Harrison, thinks that the 2015 driver line-up is the perfect combination of young talent coupled with racing experience and enthusiasm.
He said: “Jack sitting alongside Andrew ticks all the right boxes for MG and the team. We plan to continue to win races, take podiums and lock out front-rows so that the MG Triple Eight Racing MG6s dominate the grid. Everybody remembers the 2013 last round at Brands where Jack went wheel-to-wheel with Gordon Shedden and we need him to try to replicate that, on a regular basis.”
Leo Nelson, Marketing Director at CarShopsaid: “It’s great to have a young, talented driver who is also a big MG fan behind the wheel of one of our racers.
“We’re enjoying huge success with MG at our dealerships and wish Jack every success on the track this season. Let’s hope 2015 will be a brilliant year for both of us.”
MG’s Head of Marketing, Matthew Cheyne, predicts fireworks from race one of the 2015 season. He said: “Jack completes a fantastic team and everyone is really fired up for the season.
“Last year we won the Manufacturers/Constructors championship on the track and off the track MG had a string of successes, including the MG6 being voted the Best Handling car in Britain in the Auto Express Driver Power Awards and MG was the fastest growing brand in Britain.
“We know how passionate MG fans are about motor sport so it’s great that the MG Triple Eight Racing team produced the goods last year and we just can’t wait for the 2015 campaign to open.”
In the last 12 months, the number of MG dealers has almost doubled. There are currently nearly 60 MG dealerships and 10 after sales outlets across the country. News of more new dealer appointments will be made shortly.
- On: 03 March 2015
- By: CarShop
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