Aiden Moffat admits he will be taking the sensible approach into the first of today’s three races after qualifying third in his Mercedes Benz A-Class.
The Laser Tools Racing driver kept his head down in both practice sessions earlier in the day at Oulton Park but popped up with a superlative lap in the battle for pole position, missing out on top spot by a mere two tenths of a second.
With Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan ahead of him and Colin Turkington alongside him, the Scotsman has vowed he is ready for a fight but won’t take any unnecessary risks.
Speaking to BTCC Crazy, Moffat said: “It is looking like it will be dry and I’m confident in those conditions, the car seems to be working well. The car was very good however we weren’t able to bring in the second set of tyres – I’m really happy with the result.
“It is nice for things to go to plan for us here too as we usually have to fight our way back from a difficult Saturday. We’ve got some quick cars all around us but I’m looking forward to what we can do. I’m always going to put up a fight and won”t be rolling over easily.
“That being said, we need to be sensible as well as it is a long day!”
Due to adverse weather conditions battering the circuit yesterday too, a lot of the grid will enter today having not completed any simulated race runs – however, due to testing at the venue in pre-season, Moffat has a rough idea of how the car will feel over the course of 15 laps.
He said: “Although it was a lot colder and there was some rain when we did test, we were able to get some good data over a race distance. Our race pace has always been our ace up the sleeve.”
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