Aiden Moffat battled to his first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race victory in a frenetic opening race of the day at Donington Park.
The young Scot fought from fourth on the grid to second place behind fellow row two starter, Tom Ingram, moving by the Speedworks Motorsport man on lap five of the race heading down Craner Curves.
Ingram made his move at the first corner of the opening race of the day in Leicester, easing inside pole-sitter Rob Austin‘s similar Toyota Avensis heading into Redgate to grab the lead having started third on the grid.
Front row starter Jack Goff meanwhile had a first lap to forget, delayed in the first corner shuffle before taking a trip through the gravel at Mcleans following contact with fellow Honda Civic Type-R driver Gordon Shedden.
A slower exit from Redgate for Ingram gave Moffat his chance, the Laser Tools-backed Mercedes A-Class moving by into a lead he would never lose and leaving his Toyota rival in a battle to defend his podium position.
Austin and Matt Neal soon moved by Ingram after surviving brief contact in their own dice for third, Neal eventually finding his way by Austin’s Handy Motorsport Avensis with a bold move around the outside at Craner Curves on lap 11 of 16.
Charging from 10th on the grid was Colin Turkington, moving into fourth place for Team BMW but unable to usurp Austin from third. Ingram held onto fifth ahead of Rob Collard‘s BMW which came from 13th on the grid, Adam Morgan next up ahead of reigning champion Shedden.
Jeff Smith was ninth for Eurotech Racing, the top 10 rounded out by the best Ford Focus ST of Josh Cook.
Tom Chilton retired from the race with damage to his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra, Michael Epps another to retire after contact with the BMW of Andrew Jordan at the final chicane.
Martin Depper, James Cole and Jake Hill were also retirements at Mcleans on lap one, while contact at the first corner on lap 13 between MG team-mates Aron Taylor-Smith and Dan Lloyd ended the race prematurely for both.
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