Aiden Moffat believes that a ‘sensible approach’ helped him to secure his best British Touring Car Championship qualifying result of the season so far, after he took third on the grid for the opening Oulton Park race.
Having been just tenth and 18th fastest in the day’s rain-affected practice sessions, Moffat found himself at the sharp end of the times in qualifying when he went fifth fastest in the second half of the session.
The Scot then improved on his subsequent flying lap to go third and after holding the position until the end of the session he secured his best qualifying result of the season so far.
“It’s our second-best result at a track we expected to struggle at, to be honest,” said Moffat to TouringCars.Net. “We knew we were going to be strong for that result [at Thruxton in 2015], and we thought we’d struggle a bit today.
“Oulton Park has always been a bad track for us, and I’ve always struggled here with the car. Last year I was 14th, and Adam [Morgan] was a bit further down again. As a team we found it hard last year, whereas today I pulled it together and it’s the best I’ve qualified for a long time.
“The car felt good, but I just didn’t get a lap time in testing when we were trying different things. I spent a bit of time looking at what I was doing as opposed to just blasting around trying to get a lap time.
“I think that our sensible approach and trying something different has paid off for us in the end and we’ve managed to put a very good lap together.”
Moffat acknowledged that being at the front at a circuit where overtaking is notoriously difficult could yield dividends on race day.
“It’s a crucial track to have a good qualifying at, so it definitely makes the job a lot easier. We’re in a position from where we can push and hopefully pick up a lot of good points.
“We’re certainly aiming for podiums, but it’s easier said than done in this championship and we’ll definitely give it a good go!”