MG finalised their preparation for the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with aplomb at the Donington Park circuit yesterday, finishing the day with both MG6 GTs in the top six fastest drivers at the annual Season Launch event.
Mixed weather afforded the MG/Triple Eight team over three hours of track time before rain and hail set in an hour before the scheduled end of the session. Both Jordan and Goff have completed several hundred miles in their cars during pre-season testing and opted to use the session as preparation for the upcoming second round of the 2015 season at the East Leicestershire track.
“It’s been a good day, but I haven’t quite achieved what I wanted to,” commented the 2013 BTCC Champion. “We didn’t quite find the sweet spot, but we have a few more things to try and I think we’ll be ready for the race in a few weeks time.”
Pirtek-backed Jordan, who returns to the Triple Eight fold after driving for the team in 2010, is confident of his ability to challenge for the title.
“Coming back to Triple Eight has been great and I’ve enjoyed working with the team, it’s a really positive place to be. I’m looking forward to getting the real stuff started in a week and a half at Brands; we had a test there a few weeks ago and I feel pretty confident about our chances there and over the course of the year. The MG was the fastest front-wheel-drive car last season and it looks like it will be a challenger again this year.”
Now in his third year of the BTCC, Goff steps up to a works-squad for the first time and is relishing the year ahead as a MG factory-supported driver.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to race with Triple Eight, MG and Andrew. Triple Eight have a huge history in the series, I remember watching the BTCC on TV and seeing them dominate; it’s very exciting to be part of the team now.
“Similarly, MG has a massive heritage in motorsport. It’s great to be part of that now and having begun my racing career in a MG ZR, I feel my MG racing career has now gone full-circle. “
Goff, the 2012 Clio Cup champion unveiled his striking new blue and orange livery to the masses and is cautiously optimistic about his chances ahead of the new season.
“I love the car and the new livery is excellent. We go about things slightly differently and I have a number of partners who help bring me to the grid. It’s a brilliant group of people and without them, MG and Triple Eight we wouldn’t be here today. Hopefully we can go and win some pots together!”
The 2015 BTCC season represents the fourth year that MG and Triple Eight have campaigned the mighty MG6 GT, and with seven victories last season (fifteen across the previous two years), the team are optimistic that the 2015 variant will provide Jordan and Goff with a race-winning title contender.
“We’re the reigning manufacturer/constructor champions, so first and foremost our desire is to successfully defend that against the opposition. Andrew has unfinished business with us and he has his sights firmly set on lifting the drivers title. Jack has a host of personal goals that we want to help him realise too, and his pace has been encouraging. We’re under no illusions about the depth of quality on the grid this year, but we’re in a strong position to challenge for the titles.”
Racing begins on the Easter Weekend (4/5 April) at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent, where Jordan will be looking to make it three pole-positions in as many years and Goff will hope to take a second BTCC career podium, on the track that delivered his first.
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