Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat scored a first win of the season in the final British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone, finishing ahead of title rivals Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington.
Having been drawn to start the reverse-grid race from pole position, Scot Moffat kept his nerve throughout the race to take his first win since the final meeting of 2017, despite a mid-race safety car intervention wiping out his narrow lead.
Moffat had to withstand pressure from Ingram’s Toyota for much of the race, with the Speedworks Motorsport driver having got himself into the position by lap seven, helped when Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff was handed a drive-through penalty for a false start whilst he was running in second.
But Ingram himself had to withstand pressure from behind from firstly the Alfa Romeo of Rob Austin and then championship rival Turkington, who hauled his BMW up to the final podium position whilst running with little ballast on the prime tyre.
Turkington tried to pass his rival for second, including drawing alongside on the final lap, but the BMW driver couldn’t find a gap and had to settle for second, losing just two points to his rival to leave the gap at 34 points heading to the last meeting of the year.
Fourth went to Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook, who hauled his Vauxhall past both Austin and the Motorbase Performance Ford of Tom Chilton on the penultimate lap, after the trio spent most of the race dicing for the final podium position in a six-car train at the front.
Austin held on to fifth, despite the best efforts of Chilton, taking his best finish since a podium all the way back at the start of the year.
Chilton was sixth, despite the Honda of Matt Neal closing up late on in the race, and with it the Reigate racer has moved up to third overall in the drivers’ championship standings, mathematically but not practically still in the title race.
Neal finished just ahead of team-mate Dan Cammish, who was eighth. BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan and Team BMW’s Ricky Collard completed the top ten, the latter being the best-placed driver on the less-favourable harder compound tyre.
The second Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall of Senna Proctor just missed out on a top ten, with the 20-year-old taking the chequered flag in 11th.
By finishing in just 12th position, defending champion Ash Sutton has now formally been eliminated from contention for the overall honours, after a trying weekend for the Team BMR Subaru outfit.
The safety car intervention, which was called for four laps on lap nine, was to retrieve the stricken car of Ollie Pidgley from the Woodcote gravel trap, as he had been contacted by team-mate Bobby Thompson exiting Luffield which broke his right-rear suspension and pitched him into the barriers.
There was also a late-race crash involving AmD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson and Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelley, who had been battling outside the points around 20th position.
Along with Goff, Matt Simpson was also handed a drive-through penalty, with the Honda driver being stung for exceeding track limits once too often.
The final meeting of the year takes place at Brands Hatch on the 29th and 30th September.
|1||16||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||25||27:08.580||59.533||1|
|2||80||Tom INGRAM||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||25||0.221||59.191||7|
|3||2||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||25||0.322||59.123||8|
|4||66||M||Josh COOK||Power Maxed TAG Racing||Vauxhall Astra||25||2.347||59.082||12|
|5||11||Rob AUSTIN||DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||25||2.642||59.151||9|
|6||3||Tom CHILTON||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||25||2.788||58.790||13|
|7||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||3.000||59.243||14|
|8||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||3.304||59.291||15|
|9||77||M||Andrew JORDAN||BMW Pirtek Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||25||4.504||59.503||22|
|10||55||M||Ricky COLLARD||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||25||5.518||59.642||4|
|11||18||M||Senna PROCTOR||Power Maxed TAG Racing||Vauxhall Astra||25||5.953||59.520||10|
|12||1||M||Ashley SUTTON||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||25||6.503||59.407||27|
|13||21||Mike BUSHELL||Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing||Volkswagen CC||25||7.887||59.419||24|
|14||600||Sam TORDOFF||Team GardX Racing with Motorbase||Ford Focus RS||25||8.264||59.869||5|
|15||26||Daniel LLOYD||BTC Norlin Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||8.634||59.490||19|
|16||15||Tom OLIPHANT||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||25||10.729||59.760||11|
|17||33||Adam MORGAN||MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||25||12.189||59.800||6|
|18||99||M||Jason PLATO||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||25||12.725||59.789||17|
|19||39||Brett SMITH||WIX Racing with Eurotech||Honda Civic Type R||25||13.556||1:00.056||21|
|20||20||James COLE||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||25||13.810||59.809||28|
|21||19||Bobby THOMPSON||Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars||Volkswagen CC||25||16.037||59.796||31|
|22||31||Jack GOFF||WIX Racing with Eurotech||Honda Civic Type R||25||16.421||59.489||2|
|23||23||Sam SMELT||AmD with Cobra Exhausts||Audi S3||25||16.940||59.685||26|
|24||32||Ethan HAMMERTON||Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars||Volkswagen CC||25||18.289||59.793||20|
|25||303||Matt SIMPSON||Simpson Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||33.965||59.967||3|
|R||60||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||23||DNF||59.948||30|
|R||48||Ollie JACKSON||AmD with Cobra Exhausts||Audi S3||23||DNF||59.673||25|
|R||6||Rory BUTCHER||AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing||MG 6||15||DNF||59.400||16|
|R||54||Josh CAYGILL||AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing||MG 6||9||DNF||1:00.283||29|
|R||43||Ollie PIDGLEY||Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing||Volkswagen CC||6||DNF||1:00.237||23|
|R||22||Chris SMILEY||BTC Norlin Racing||Honda Civic Type R||2||DNF||1:00.701||18|