Victory for Aiden Moffat in final thriller

28th April 2024

Aiden Moffat produced a brilliant performance to take victory in the final Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park, as he held off a trio of champions in the closing stages of a fantastic and frenetic race.

LKQ Euro Car Parts with Synetiq's Moffat won his first BTCC race at the same venue back in 2017, but was made to work extremely hard for this one, as he initially fought with Toyota stablemate Rob Huff and Team BMW's Adam Morgan.

Morgan blasted his BMW into the lead off the line, but then relinquished his advantage to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK's Huff when running wide following a brief safety car period.

Moffat began reeling in the sister car of Huff and made a stellar move by mid-distance, with the latter getting shuffled down the pack by the now perennial title contenders.

Team BMW's Colin Turkington was the first to haul himself towards Moffat and he was eventually joined by NAPA Racing UK's Ash Sutton, after he had muscled his way by the likes of Jake Hill in the Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport BMW.

Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS' Tom Ingram – double race winner earlier in the day – also edged his way by Hill, and last year's quartet of challengers were now all over the back of Moffat for the final few laps.

Moffat would not be denied, however, as he defended brilliantly in what may arguably be the finest display of his BTCC career so far.

Turkington and Sutton completed the podium ahead of Ingram and Hill, with the fading Huff completing the top six.

Morgan had to settle for seventh ahead of a resurgent Dan Rowbotton in the #27 NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus, a car that had been through the wars throughout the day.

LKQ Euro Car Parts with Synetiq's Josh Cook and NAPA Racing UK's Dan Cammish, the latter having fallen down the order early in the encounter.

Aiden Moffat said: “The car has felt great all weekend. We started at the back of the grid for the first race but that wasn’t the pace of our car. The aim was the podium and I had to be aggressive early on. I was trying to be clever with hybrid – I knew we were weaker in the second half of the lap so I was trying to deploy there when I could.

“Everyone at Speedworks has done such a great job, it has been a really hard few weeks, lots of long hours ahead of the season. After two top tens finishes earlier today, it would have been great just to fight for a podium, never mind standing on the top step.

"It has been a few hard seasons for me, and it's important this year for me to show my pace and win again, so to do that at the first weekend means so much."

Donington Park - Race 3 - Result

116Aiden MOFFATLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ2024:57.0461:09.53612
220Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMW2024:57.5660.521:09.33614
31Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK2024:58.6711.6251:09.47714
480Tom INGRAMTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS2024:59.0271.9811:09.25716
524Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport2024:59.3302.2841:09.33416
612Rob HUFFTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK2025:01.0874.0411:09.3387
733Adam MORGANTeam BMW2025:03.2046.1581:09.75517
832Daniel ROWBOTTOMNAPA Racing UK2025:03.3506.3041:09.6167
966Josh COOKLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ2025:06.3689.3221:09.8338
1027Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK2025:06.8659.8191:09.79011
113Tom CHILTONTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS2025:07.91610.871:09.58312
1211Andrew WATSONTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK2025:08.46511.4191:09.74712
1388Mikey DOBLEEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing2025:09.01611.971:10.04812
1440Árón TAYLOR-SMITHEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing2025:09.64912.6031:09.9489
1577Sam OSBORNENAPA Racing UK2025:15.71518.6691:10.04916
1629Scott SUMPTONRestart Racing2025:21.97724.9311:10.3677
1722Nick HALSTEADTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS2025:23.42826.3821:10.73611
DNF222Chris SMILEYRestart Racing811:06.94112 Laps1:10.7717
DNF14Ronan PEARSONTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS46:20.93816 Laps1:21.8432
DNF18Daryl DELEONDuckhams Racing With Bartercard22:33.51518 Laps1:11.9852 © 2024
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