Aiden Moffatt fastest in Croft free practice one

Aiden Moffatt fastest in Croft free practice one

Photo: Network ImagesThe first barrage of British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) action at Croft got underway with the first free practice session of the weekend this morning, as Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat posted the fastest time around the 2.13-mile circuit with just moments remaining in the 40-minute session.

The 19-year-old posted a 1:25.038, which was just 0.026 seconds ahead of 2013 champion, Motorbase’s Andrew Jordan, as points leader Sam Tordoff put his platinum-liveried BMW 125i M Sport third, even with maximum success ballast. The top three drivers were separated by just 0.103 seconds.

Speedworks’ Tom Ingram continues his 2016 BTCC campaign in fine style, as the Toyota Avensis driver narrowly missed out of being in the top three by just 0.010 seconds, with WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan making both Mercedes’ reach the top five.

The best of the Silverline Subaru BMR drivers during the session was current lap record holder Colin Turkington in seventh, with two-time champion Jason Plato being in the thick of the action in the early goings, but ended up 12th fastest. Team owner/driver Warren Scott and James Cole would be within a second of the pace set by the front runners, placing 19th and 20th respectively.

Defending champion, Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden, was the best of the Honda ranks in eighth, as Team BKR’s Arón Smith and Eurotech Racing’s Martin Depper completed the top ten. Three-time champion Matt Neal was over two tenths slower that long-time rival Plato, but was ahead of young stars Josh Cook and Jack Goff.

Daniel Lloyd was the best of the rookies in 11th place, just 0.026 seconds behind team mate Depper, with MG Racing RCIB Insurance’s Ashley Sutton close behind in 12th.

The top 22 drivers were incredibly close after the end of the first practice session, with AmD Essex’s Ollie Jackson 1.179 seconds behind pace setter Moffatt in his Audi S3.

Free Practice two gets underway at 12:00 British Summer Time, lasting for 40 minutes.

Session results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:25.038 0.000
2 77 Andrew JORDAN Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 16 1:25.064 0.026
3 600 C Sam TORDOFF Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:25.141 0.103
4 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 23 1:25.151 0.113
5 33 Adam MORGAN WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 1:25.183 0.145
6 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:25.192 0.154
7 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:25.334 0.296
8 40 Árón SMITH BKR Volkswagen CC 18 1:25.401 0.363
9 30 Martin DEPPER Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:25.469 0.431
10 23 Daniel LLOYD Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:25.495 0.457
11 116 M Ashley SUTTON MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 18 1:25.528 0.490
12 99 M Jason PLATO Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:25.535 0.497
13 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:25.751 0.713
14 66 M Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 17 1:25.764 0.726
15 31 C Jack GOFF Team IHG Rewards Club BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:25.810 0.772
16 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:25.840 0.802
17 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 18 1:25.844 0.806
18 100 C Rob COLLARD Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:25.941 0.903
19 39 M Warren SCOTT Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 20 1:25.980 0.942
20 20 M James COLE Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 9 1:26.003 0.965
21 7 Mat JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 14 1:26.132 1.094
22 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD Tuning Audi S3 18 1:26.217 1.179
23 24 Jake HILL RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 18 1:26.609 1.571
24 12 Mike EPPS RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 19 1:26.628 1.590
25 17 Dan WELCH Goodestone Racing Proton Persona 10 1:27.183 2.145
26 14 Alex MARTIN Dextra Racing with Team Parker Ford Focus 17 1:27.269 2.231
27 303 Matt SIMPSON Speedworks Motorsport Honda Civic Type R 18 1:27.284 2.246
28 53 Hunter ABBOTT Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 14 1:27.385 2.347
29 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 17 1:27.735 2.697
30 38 Mark HOWARD BKR Volkswagen CC 18 1:28.457 3.419
31 84 Kelvin FLETCHER Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 17 1:28.783 3.745
32 22 Chris SMILEY TLC Racing Toyota Avensis 8 1:28.880 3.842

Complete session results.