Before today Moffat had achieved two podium finishes, the last being at Brands Hatch at the season finale in 2016
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Aiden Moffat took his first British Touring Car Championship win in race 1 at Donington Park in an action packed race which saw multiple accidents and retirees. It was a faultless drive by the 20-year-old who took second on lap 3 before taking the lead two laps later and controlled the race from there.
It was Tom Ingram who took the lead at the first corner after locking up and running into the rear of pole sitter Austin, who had a great start, before recovering to second with Moffat in third. There were issues on the first lap for many drivers including Jack Goff who was tipped off the track by Gordon Shedden at McLeans. As well as Goff’s issues Jake Hill, Martin Depper and Josh Price all retired on the first lap.
Fortunately the race remained green and Moffat made his first move on lap 3 for second as he took Rob Austin at the Old Hairpin as the top five all started to bunch together as Ingram struggled with success ballast.
Moffat made his move for the lead on lap 5 again at the Old Hairpin on Ingram and quickly developed a lead as those behind him squabbled with Ingram for second. A lap later and Austin, Neal and Turkington were all past Ingram who dropped to fifth, where he remained for the entirety of the race.
Ahead the battling continued however as Neal made his own move on Austin at the Old Hairpin, taking second of the Handy Motorsport driver, although Austin was able to remain in front of Turkington to keep a podium spot.
Behind the leaders the action continued as both MGs came together at Redgate with Dan Lloyd crashing into the barriers and Aron Taylor’s-Smith suffering a puncture, although he was able to crawl back to the pits, albeit a lap down.
No one was catching Moffat though who crossed the line in dominant fashion ahead of Neal, Austin and Turkington. Further back Ingram held on for fifth with Collard, Morgan and Shedden close behind as Jeff Smith and Josh Cook rounded out the top 10.