Monaco and Bridgestone European Karting Champion Max Goff has warmed up for the one-make SEAT León Eurocup next year with an entry into the final round of the 2010 SEAT León Supercopa Spain campaign at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona – and he rapidly demonstrated his potential with a brace of excellent top ten finishes around an unfamiliar circuit.
With a grid of 35 cars, it was certainly a baptism of fire for Goff, but the 16-year-old acquitted himself very well by qualifying a strong ninth, repeating that position in the first race. Unfortunately, an electronic problem meant the Northants teenager was unable to begin race two from his rightful grid slot, but from the very back of the pack he stormed impressively through the field to 20th, in so doing earning himself the same starting position for race three the following day.
As Sunday dawned, it swiftly became apparent that it would be a very wet race, but Goff displayed a maturity beyond his tender years to take the chequered flag a superb seventh, with the fastest lap to his name for good measure.
“We have been testing in the UK and came out early to test in Barcelona,” he revealed. “I was surprised at the size of the grid – that was a real eye-opener – and I'm very pleased that we performed so well.
“I would like to thank the MSA Academy, Malcolm Cleland and my family. I'm really looking forward to next season, especially as the SEAT Eurocup is supporting the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) on six of their European events!”
“Max is a very mature, talented young driver,” added Cleland, who ran Goff over the Barcelona weekend. “I'm really looking forward to working with him next season.”