Aiden Moffat believes tyre strategy will pay off for reverse-grid contest

Aiden Moffat believes tyre strategy will pay off for reverse-grid contest

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Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat believes his decision to get the harder compound tyre out of the way in race one at Silverstone will pay dividends in the final British Touring Car Championship race, which he will start from reverse-grid pole.

With the weather looking ominous before the final contest of the day [16 September], Moffat is hoping it stays dry so he has the tyre advantage over his nearest rivals.

He told TouringCars.Net that he has been playing a longer-term strategy despite being confident he would qualify well, and believes it will pay off in race three.

“Hopefully it stays dry and we’ll be in a great position for race three,” said Moffat.

“We’ve just got to keep our fingers crossed now for the weather. The first few laps if we can do as little as we can in the way of working the tyres and not do much defending or attacking it’ll pay off towards the end of the race.

“So if all things go well that’ll be the ideal scenario.”

Despite slipping back through the pack in race one on the slower tyre, Moffat then progressed from 13th on the grid to seventh, from which he was drawn on reverse-grid pole.

‘”The car felt good – we knew we would struggle in race one and we were confident of a good qualifying so it was a bit of a risk we took to do that strategy and let the day come back to us,” he said.

“So yeah race one we just had to keep our nose clean, and race two we had to put in some work and it’s paid off.”

Race three of the day gets underway at 17:20 BST (18:20 CEST).