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Moffat absorbs Hill’s pressure and wins Race 1

Having won three Mercedes machines in 2017-18, Scott led the North Yorkshire circuit with the Laser Tool Racing Infiniti Q50, but faced the daunting task of defending against the hills.

While Moffat didn’t have a successful ballast, Hill was carrying a 48kg on his motorbase-run MB Motorsport Ford Focus, but it constantly investigates the first two-thirds of the race. Did not stop.

On a slightly damp track after a slight pre-race rain, Moffat managed to hold up while the rear-wheel drive Infiniti turned on the tires, but through Sunny and Hawthorne the front-wheel drive Ford. It was significantly slower than chasing.

But each time Hill gets close enough to launch an attack (feinting outwards in the tower or slamming Infiniti’s rear bumper), Moffat can use his traction to reject the challenge. It’s done. I was able to pull a little apart in the last few laps, but I had to defend before I could win 0.520 seconds with the hairpin on the final lap.

“I thought Jake would be faster. He was running fast all season with that focus,” Moffat said.

“Sunny Inn and Sunny Out were places I struggled with and I had to defend the complex well and take the drive out of the corner.

“I had to think hard about it, but they gave me a great car, and it makes your job so easy.”

It is this that Senna Proctor who overcame Colin Turkington on the opening lap using the extra bite of the soft option tire on the Honda Civic Type R of BTC Racing and West Surrey Racing of the four-time champion Turkington ran. It was a battle on the front line like this. The BMW 330i M Sport could be a 4-car train.

However, that excitement was somewhat destroyed by the advent of the safety car.

Chris Smiley, Olly Jackson and Dan Lowbottom gathered at the hairpin for 8th place, finished Jackson’s race and sent Lowbottom to the grass.

On the next lap, Low Bottom Team Dynamics Honda was weakened in the complex by a rear contact from Aron Taylor Smith’s Team Hard Cupra and slipped across the moist grass until it pierced the barrier.

After the restart, Proctor (9kg success ballast) was not a threat to the hill, but was able to thwart Turkinton (39kg).

Proctor’s teammate Josh Cook was 57kg on his BTC Honda and was another soft tire. He passed Adam Morgan in 5th place on lap 3 and Ash Sutton overtook him. Cook then closed the lead quartet in front of the safety car to record the fastest lap.

Cook damaged his bodywork following the first lap collision with Tom Olifant, finishing in 5th place, and Sutton raised LTR Infinity’s up to 75kg ballast to 6th place.

Morgan’s Ciceley Motorsport BMW (33kg ballast) lost to 7th place with Chris Smiley barging the tower with the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N with four and a half laps remaining.

The top 10 were completed by Dan Lloyd’s Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra and Gordon Shedden’s Dynamics Honda, who climbed from 17th place on the grid.

Stephen Jerry (WSR BMW) ran in 9th place before Jerry dropped further to 13th place as a result of a bold move from Lloyd to Tower to Jim Clark Esse.

Tom Ingram moved from 21st to 12th in the Excelr 8 Hyundai, but Rory Butcher, who started the Toyota Corolla running at Speedworks from the rear following a qualifying engine failure, could only reach 19th with soft tires. bottom.

Race 1 result: Moffat absorbs Hill’s pressure and wins Race 1

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