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Aiden Moffat confident more to come

Aiden Moffat says he feels there is still more to come from his Laser Tools Racing Mercedes despite topping the times in first practice for the fifth meeting of the BTCC season at Croft.

The Scottish driver left it late in the session to vault into P1 with a best lap just 0.026secs quicker than Andrew Jordan’s Ford Focus, with championship leader Sam Tordoff just 0.077secs further back in third.

Moffat’s time came as something of a surprise after his car spent much of the session outside the top 20; indeed is second best lap was good enough for only 25th spot.

However, he said there was plenty more still in reserve going into FP2 and qualifying as he looks to recover from a tough run of form that has seen him fail to score in the last six races.

“I’m happy with that as we usually start slow on a Saturday and get quicker as the day goes on,” he said. “There is still more to come from me behind the wheel and my engineer is looking at things to get more from the car so we are in good shape.

“What happens later in the day remains to be seen as I think there are other cars out there that are going to go quicker, like the Subaru as they don’t have any weight in and we know that rear wheel drive cars go well round Croft. The BMWs should also be right up there despite the ballast they have too.

“Everyone is going to find more pace but the good thing is that we haven’t peaked either so we’ll work hard on improvements and see what happens.”