Laser Tools Racing's Aiden Moffat admits his first ever British Touring Car Championship qualifying front row result came 'as a shock' having initially set the target of reaching the top-ten at Thruxton.

Moffat produced one of, if not, the star performance of the session after very nearly snatching pole position away from Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram.

Third position in FP2 had left Moffat and his Mercedes A-Class squad with an indication of what may have been possible but the young Scot still said the end result surpassed his expectations.

"We were quietly confident going into Thruxton," Moffat told Crash.net. "After FP2 the team were confident of a top-ten. We knew what we were capable of but a front row took us by surprise - a nice surprise at that!

"So close but so far. We knew we were going to be quick. We went P4 early on and dropped back to tenth. I thought my quickest would have been good enough for seventh or eighth but the team told me I was P2. Even then I was expecting us to drop back. I didn't realise how good the lap was!"

Despite his Mercedes stablemate Adam Morgan suffering a puncture during practice, Moffat has every faith that his Laser Tools squad will 'make the right set up choices' as the 19-year old chases his first BTCC podium.

"We done a race run earlier in the day and my team mate [Adam Morgan] suffered a puncture. So we're going to have to play around with the set up a little bit. But that's where the benefit of doing an early race run has given us a better understanding of what we've got," Moffat continued.

"I think we're in a good position. We're confident with the car and I'm my team have made the right choices [with the set up].

"We're in a great position but we've got a lot of people around us who will be pushing hard, as will we. We'll put up a fight and try to get this podium. We'll definitely push for the win. It's a hell of a lot easier said than done."

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