Aiden Moffat wins race three as Tom Ingram edges closer in title...

Aiden Moffat wins race three as Tom Ingram edges closer in title fight

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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.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
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
BTCC points deficit chart
Graphic: TouringCars.Net