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Aiden Moffat fights to strong top 10 finish at Oulton Park

After a frustrating qualifying session on the Saturday, I managed to haul our Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class to 9th place in the final race at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on Sunday June 30.

Saturday morning started well, I ran well in free practice but then suffered a turbo issue in qualifying meaning that our pace was stymied. Also, with the circuit getting slower as the 30-minute period wore on, I managed to drag the car to 20th on the grid but knew that there was work to do on raceday.

We identified a turbo problem so I knew that there was more pace in the car. We knew what the problem was, and we cured it. It was my intention to make progress, but this is a tough track to pass on, so it was a case of getting my elbows out!

From 20th on the grid, I was hit by another car early in the race, which affected the geometry of the car. It left us with huge understeer so again I had to drag the car home to 18th place.

Do you know, I was trying to keep out of trouble? I was trying to keep out of the way and then attack after the first few corners and instead I was hit and that obviously affected the handling of the car! I have no luck sometimes… It made the race difficult but I was set for race two.

Starting race two from 18th on the grid I brought the car up to 14th place, in the points and also as the top Mercedes driver, just as I had been in race one. I enjoyed a fierce tussle with fellow Benz battler Dan Rowbottom but fended him off to win the Mercedes fight. It was definitely a better race. I could race well and make progress and I didn’t suffer damage, which was a relief! Dan and I had a good fight towards the end but I was able to fend him off and as I had made some more progress up the grid for the third race, I was looking forward to it.

Fourteenth on the grid for race three and yes, our race started with a bang – literally. In the scrum at the first corner, there was a hit from one of the Team Hard Volkswagens, which, again, gave the Merc the understeer it had suffered from in race one! However, I hauled the Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class up to ninth place and was content with that.

Overall, I had decent pace all day and the car became better and better. I was hit at the start of race three in a braking zone which affected the car but from where I qualified, I’m not sure I could have done much better. The Mercedes-Benz is an older car on the grid now and it is up against more modern machinery with different tweaks so to be 9th against the newer cars is pretty good. This isn’t a circuit at which the Mercedes normally goes well so all in all, I’m happy.

It’s now the summer break and we’ve got tyre testing at Snetterton in July before we go racing again. That will allow us to try a few things and implement some ideas we have to move up the grid again, so I am excited for the second half of the season.

The next rounds of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are at Snetterton, Norfolk, on August 3/4 with qualifying live on itv.com and the raceday action live on ITV4.
02 Jul 2019