Aiden Moffat admitted he was confident of securing a strong result going into the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch after finding the right balance with his Mercedes A-Class machine.

The Laser Tools Racing driver led every single lap of a damp opening encounter to record his second career BTCC win ahead of Tom Ingram and champion elect, Ashley Sutton.

Having inherited the lead at the expense of Jack Goff's off at Paddock Hill corner, Moffat was then forced to fend off the attentions of Ingram and Sutton in second and third for the remainder of the race.

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"I was confident going into the race" Moffat told Crash.net. "The Ciceley boys gave me an amazing car. In those conditions, although the back end was moving, I was confident I could make the most of it. It was a great race and a very enjoyable one.

"It was a shame to see Jack [Goff] go out like that. It did help us massively. It allowed us to get to that dry line, which was only a little line for the first few laps. If we were side-by-side it could have been a very different race."

Having read the balance of his Ciceley Motorsport prepared A-Class early on, Moffat recognised he was able to build a gap through the Indy section of the Brands Hatch, while consciously allowing the gap to close back to Ingram and Sutton through the Grand Prix loop.

"The race we set the car up was to generate temperature. With the car rolling I know we would struggle a bit at the back but we were very strong in the infield," he continued.

"I knew as long as I could build a gap around the Indy, I could let the gap close around the back and keep managing it. There was a few times it close but I knew what was going on. I was very aware and it all went to plan."