Aiden Moffat has cited an issue with the front-left wheel nut as the primary cause of his incident during the first British Touring Car Championship practice session of the new season.
Moffat, who caused the only red-flag stoppage of the session at half-distance after beaching his Mercedes A-Class into the gravel trap at Clearways, finished the session a distant 31st due to his lack of representative running.
A breakage between the hub and wheel nut on the front-left of the Mercedes caused the incident, leaving the Scot a passenger.
“Turning into the corner we had problems with the hub and the wheel nut breaking away from each other, so the wheel just came off mid-corner – that was pretty much that,” explained Moffat to TouringCars.net.
He also explained the issue has been a recurring one for BTCC teams and expressed confusion at how the incident occurred with the team adhering to the advice issued prior to the event on setup by championship suppliers Dunlop.
“It’s frustrating – it’s the first time we’ve had the issue but it is a recurring issue within teams.
“It’s very frustrating because of the position it’s put us in for the weekend now, we’re on the back foot. It shouldn’t have happened really – we’ve done everything we were advised to do on our end.”
The damage to Moffat’s A-Class is thought to only be cosmetic to the bodywork, and he is expected to return in the second practice session.
“We know we’ve got good pace so hopefully we can still have a strong weekend.”