Aiden Moffat overjoyed to score maiden podium

Aiden MoffatAiden Moffat was left delighted to claim a maiden British Touring Car podium in front of a huge Scottish crowd at Knockhill.

Having not known whether he would be cleared fit to race after his concussion at Snetterton, the Laser Tools Racing driver produced a strong qualifying lap to line up P11 – although contact with Jack Goff in the opening stages put pay to any improvements as he finished P22.

The Scotsman soon gave the home crowd something to cheer about as he hustled his Mercedes A-Class to P9 in race two and subsequently a front row start for the reverse grid encounter. Despite holding his own at the front for much of the race, Moffat was relegated to fourth by Andy Priaulx but officials ruled that the BMW driver had passed under yellow flags.

Handed a 3.5 second time penalty, Priaulx dropped to fourth and in-doing so, gave the 18-year-old a first ever podium finish in the BTCC.

Reflecting on the weekend, Moffat said: “It was a bit frustrating to begin with, and while fourth would still have been our highest position, to actually get the podium is a great feeling! We’ve had so much support here today, to get a podium anywhere would have been great, but to get it at home is really special.

“Sitting and watching the racing on Sunday at Snetterton was the most frustration I’ve experienced, so it made me even more hungry to get back out there and get the job done. We were over the moon with a top ten in race two, so to go from there to the podium is fantastic.

“We’ve had some really good days this year – every time we go out we learn more and more. Today it was about defending, and now it’s nice to be rewarded for the hard work. Looking behind you and seeing Matt Neal and Jason Plato, who have been in this championship since before I was born, was pretty daunting.

“Then to have triple World Champion Priaulx catch me didn’t make it much easier! We managed to technically hold on to the podium, and it’s a big thing for us especially after Snetterton. We thought it would be a long time before we ever achieved it, so to do it now is mega.”

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