Aiden Moffat takes race one win as Ash Sutton edges closer to...

Aiden Moffat takes race one win as Ash Sutton edges closer to title

Aiden Moffat
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Aiden Moffat emerged victorious in a damp opening British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch, ahead of Tom Ingram and Ash Sutton, as the latter took a big step closer to a maiden title.

Moffat, who started the race alongside pole-sitter Jack Goff from the front row of the grid, took the lead at the first corner of the race after Goff lost the back end of his Civic and slithered off the circuit into the tyre barriers on the infield.

Whilst Goff was able to continue, after going in backwards, he re-joined the race at the very back of the field as Moffat and Sutton led the pack on the opening lap.

Ingram made his move on Sutton for second on lap six and the Speedworks Motorsport driver immediately set about applying pressure to Moffat. The Scot, however, kept his cool to secure a second career win ahead of Ingram, who lost ground to the Mercedes driver on the final lap when caught in traffic.

Sutton completed the podium in third and as a result extends his championship margin to 24 points over title rival Colin Turkington, who struggled to make much progress in the damp race.

Fourth went to Motorbase’s Mat Jackson, who made the most of running with dry tyres on a drying track to gain 11 positions over the course of the race, as a handful of drivers on wet tyres struggled to the very back of the field as the race progressed.

Power Maxed Racing duo Tom Chilton and Senna Proctor enjoyed their best combined result of the season as they brought their Vauxhall Astras home in fifth and sixth respectively, the latter having made up seven positions over the course of the race.

Honda’s Gordon Shedden also made good progress in the race to claim seventh, from 15th on the grid, ahead of BTC Norlin Racing’s Dave Newsham in eighth.

Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin claimed ninth, despite losing a significant amount of time with a spin onto the grass on the exit of Graham Hill Bend on lap seven that dropped him out of fourth.

The second factory Honda of Matt Neal completed the top ten, with the three-time champion having got a poor start that saw him drop from sixth on the grid to 14th at the end of the first tour.

The second BTC Norlin Chevrolet of Chris Smiley was 11th after another steady race, whilst Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff took 12th after a determined drive from the very back of the field following his lap one spin.

Title contender Turkington continued to endure a difficult weekend, spending most of the race mired in the lower points-paying positions before losing a handful of places on the final lap, having been briefly up to 12th. The BMW driver eventually finished in 15th, although the result was good enough to secure Team BMW the Teams’ championship ahead of race two.

A number of drivers opted to start the race on wet tyres, which proved to be the wrong move on a drying track. Amongst them were BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan and Subaru’s Jason Plato, who took the chequered flag in 27th and 28th place respectively, one lap down.

Team HARD’s Jake Hill, who was running in fourth at the end of the opening lap, and Subaru’s Josh Price were given drive-through penalties for jump starts, with the duo finishing down in 26th and 22nd respectively.

Adam Morgan made it a race of mixed emotions for Ciceley Motorsport, as he twice spun into the barriers all of his own accord on successive laps and ended up as the only retirement of the race, his Mercedes sporting front-end damage as a result of his incidents.

Race two is scheduled to take place at 14:22 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 24:10.915 1:34.400 2
2 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 0.345 1:34.458 7
3 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1.499 1:34.338 3
4 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 14.474 1:34.082 15
5 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 15.802 1:34.262 5
6 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 16.195 1:34.050 13
7 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 19.140 1:33.715 16
8 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 15 29.547 1:34.377 11
9 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 31.577 1:33.998 4
10 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 41.344 1:34.862 6
11 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 15 47.480 1:34.346 19
12 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 47.708 1:34.342 1
13 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 49.110 1:34.304 14
14 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 50.241 1:34.271 26
15 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 50.667 1:34.201 17
16 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 50.891 1:34.088 22
17 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:05.495 1:35.183 29
18 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 15 1:08.822 1:34.529 20
19 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:14.046 1:34.668 23
20 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 15 1:14.698 1:35.814 25
21 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 1:24.787 1:36.667 27
22 28 M Josh PRICE A-Plan Academy Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:26.364 1:34.616 24
23 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 15 1:38.336 1:40.475 21
24 6 Rory BUTCHER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 14 1 Lap 1:41.416 12
25 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 14 1 Lap 1:41.298 30
26 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 14 1 Lap 1:40.644 8
27 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 14 1 Lap 1:42.820 18
28 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1 Lap 1:42.680 10
29 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 14 1 Lap 1:42.902 28
R 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2 13 Laps 1:55.442 9
NS 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport DNS N/A