An Aiden Moffat defensive masterclass to become the sixteenth different winner of 2018

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Aiden Moffat BTCC

Aiden Moffat has put recent weekend disappointment in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship behind him with victory in the reverse grid race at Silverstone following a masterful display of defensive driving.

Aiden didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the race as he managed to keep the championship hunting duo of Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington behind him.

A safety car partway through the race due to Ollie Pidgley hitting the barrier at Luffield didn’t put the Scotsman off and he drove the remaining laps with a level head to become the sixteenth different winner in 2018.

Despite the weight on his Toyota Avensis, Ingram drove through the field picking off other top opposition to get a great second place finish. Turkington did the same to get third, an attempt on the final lap to get past his rival didn’t work and the final step on the podium was his reward.

Jack Goff was on target to finish second until a drive through penalty for jumping the start put him down the field. Another Honda Civic Type R in strife was Matt Simpson who got a drive through penalty for track limit abuse.

Following the safety car, the battle for first not only included the final podium finishers, but also three further drivers in the form of Tom Chilton, Rob Austin and Josh Cook. The train of cars were practically nose to tail for the remainder of the race until certain drivers got bored and attempted a move to gain on their position.

Josh Cook took fourth ahead of Rob Austin who had started from ninth on the grid. Tom Chilton took sixth despite the fact he had bodywork rubbing on his tyre. Luckily for the Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher driver, that issue resolved itself.

Matt Neal and Dan Cammish were inseperable as they finished seventh and eighth ahead of Andrew Jordan in ninth and Ricky Collard, who was on the unfavoured tyre, in tenth.

Following this weekend, the drivers championship has now gone down to the wire for three drivers.

Colin Turkington leads with three hundred points, thirty-four points ahead of Tom Ingram. Ingram had a stellar weekend to be able to reduce the deficit. Finally, the dark horse for the title is Tom Chilton who is thirty points further behind Ingram in third.

The BTCC is unpredictable and the action returns in two weeks time at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

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