Jordan and Goff looking to improve MG’s Thruxton record
MG Triple Eight Racing’s Andrew Jordan and Jack Goff are confident of posting best-ever results for the factory-supported MGs at the third round of the MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Thruxton next weekend (9-10 May).
Yet again, Donington Park proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Triple Eight-run MGs, with 2013 BTCC Champion Andrew Jordan taking two fourth place finishes and narrowly being denied a first win of 2015 by Matt Neal’s Honda in the final race. Starting with a massive 66kg of success ballast, Jack Goff made the best of his penalty, finishing eighth and ninth, before some cynical driving from a rival ended his race three in the gravel at the Old Chicane.
Without doubt the fastest racetrack in the UK, Thruxton provides teams and drivers with one of the toughest setup tests. In previous years Thruxton has offered little joy for the MGs, but with a new pair of drivers and fresh faces in the engineering team, the aim this year is to settle the score and finish on the podium, especially with a number of the team’s championship rivals carrying success ballast over from Donington.
Triple Eight's Team Principal, Ian Harrison adds, “At Thruxton you can be guaranteed it will be challenging. It’s a challenging track with challenging weather, and most of all, challenging facilities. People get very nostalgic about motor sport and Thruxton allows you to indulge in times past. Thruxton is one of the few circuits on the calendar that drivers respect and you can be guaranteed there will be good, close racing. There’s only a handful of corners, but most of them are very quick indeed. You need to be confident and respect the bumps and dips, and understand how to work a slipstream.”
In search of his fourth consecutive pole-position at the Hampshire track is Red Bull athlete Andrew Jordan. The 25-year-old has a mighty record on the 2.36 mile circuit, mastering the 11 turns to set a new lap record last season, breaking the previous record that was set by former Triple Eight star, Yvan Muller, back in 2002.
Meanwhile, Jack Goff is keen to up his podium to race ratio, and the 24-year-old will celebrate his 65th race start in the BTCC when he lines up for race two on Sunday afternoon. A good performance at Thruxton will keep Goff firmly in the championship hunt as the series nears the halfway point of the season.
The weekend's racing action gets underway at Thruxton on May 9-10. Live coverage of Sunday's events will be shown on ITV4, itv.com and also in HD from 11am, with itv.com featuring live streaming online of Saturday’s qualifying session from 4pm.