Goff assessing options after being unable to secure 2019 BTCC drive

Jack Goff says he is assessing all options after being unable to land a spot on the 2019 British Touring Car Championship grid

Goff assessing options after being unable to secure 2019 BTCC drive

The 27-year-old, who has won four races in his six-year BTCC career, finished eighth in the overall points last year at the wheel of a Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R.

"I tried my very hardest, but I was just not able to put together a package for the BTCC in 2019," he said.

"I want to race and I want to look after my backers and supporters, but it just wasn't possible.

"I am still a British Touring Car Championship fan and I will keep a close eye on the series. I will take any opportunity to grab a drive in the future."

The former factory MG racer said that he is in the process of looking at all opportunities for the 2019 season, and has not ruled out any drive.

"Logically, the options for me would be in GT racing or in TCR," said Goff.

"I have had discussions with some TCR Europe teams and, although the budgets are cheaper than the BTCC, all of my backers are UK-based and it is hard to get it all to fit together.

"So, at the moment, I am a driver without a drive and I am listening to all offers. I am even good at making coffee and tea if someone wants me as part of their team!

"I will listen to any proposals for a drive. At this point, I have to be a bit selfish and take what's best for me."

Goff explained that he had also been overwhelmed by the reaction on social media since he announced that he would be taking a sabbatical from the BTCC.

"It has been unbelievable," he said. "It has been almost as busy as if I had announced a deal for 2019.

"People have been very kind and I am touched by the support that I have had - but that is one of the great things about the BTCC, there really is a community feeling among the fans.

"I have tried many times to compose a tweet to thank everyone, but it is hard to find the right words. I am overwhelmed.

"But I have also noticed some negative comments about some other drivers who have secured slots on the 2019 BTCC grid, which are unfair.

"No one has taken a drive from me and all the competitors who are there deserve to be there. I was just unable to put things together and good luck to those who have."

Goff, the 2012 Renault UK Clio Cup champion, joined the BTCC in 2013 in a Team Hard Vauxhall Insignia and was a podium finisher in his first campaign.

After a spell with the Triple Eight MG squad, he joined WSR to race a BMW 125i M Sport.

His greatest success came with the switch to Eurotech in 2017. He finished sixth in the standings in the team's Honda Civic Type R in his first campaign.

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