BUCKS speedsters Jack Goff and Tom Ingram continued their screeching start to the British Touring Car Championships at Thruxton during the Bank Holiday weekend with both drivers enjoying points scoring hat-tricks to move into the top 15 in the overall standings.
Goff, from Stokenchurch, outpaced his Wycombe rival during the weekend with three superb finishes, although Ingram’s raw speed again offered him plenty of encouragement.
Qualifying 11th in race one, Goff held that position during the race before dipping inside the top ten in race ten when he came home ninth.
However, he saved the best till last with a magnificent fifth-place finish in the final race of the meet elevating him to 11th place in the championship.
Ingram is just two places further back after another promising showing in his rookie season on the BTCC grid.
He qualified fifth for race one but a tyre pressure error meant he slipped back to 13th.
That was still worth three championship points though, and he improved to 12th in race two when a red flag halted his charge through the field, before wrapping up the weekend with another 13th place finish.
He said: “I love Thruxton. It’s a genuine drivers’ circuit and it’s always been a happy hunting-ground for me.
“I was over-the-moon to line up fifth – that was a surprise to all of us, I think – and really excited about the races from there.
“What happened before the first one was a simple human error that unfortunately cost us massively.
“I just had zero grip and was a sitting duck throughout, desperately trying to hang onto some points to make the best out of a bad situation.
“These things happen, though, and in race two the car was right back on-form, which enabled me to go on the attack.
“I couldn’t believe it when the red flags appeared as I would almost certainly have been inside the top ten by the end.
“But if you had offered me three points finishes here before the start of the season, I would have taken them, so to be disappointed now I guess shows how far the goalposts have shifted.
“While Thruxton was a big opportunity for us, there will definitely be others.”