He edged out Andrew Jordan by just 0.025 seconds. Moffat left it late to set the top time on his final flying lap of the session.
In third was championship leader Sam Tordoff with his car in a special platinum livery to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Sponsor JCT600. Tordoff’s lap was especially impressive, given that he is laden with success ballast and he had topped the timing screens for a while. Team mate Collard could only manage eighteenth although his time was just eight tenths off Tordoff.
Tom Ingram was fourth in his Speedworks Avensis with Adam Morgan fifth in his Wix Mercedes. Morgan had a nightmare weekend at Oulton and looks set to get back to the front at Croft.
Colin Turkington was the best of the Subarus in sixth but expect team matePlato to join him at the front later in Qualifying. In this session Plato was twelfth and was joined by Matt Neal in thirteenth. Neal’s team mate Shedden was alongside Turkington up in seventh.
Eight was Team BKR’s Aron Smith, the team continuing to do wonders with their old specification VW CC and a limited budget. The Irishman’s experience with the former BMR cars is really helping them star in a tight field.
Ninth was martin Depper just ahead of team mate Daniel Lloyd, both setting their quick laps early in the session. Their Eurotech team mate, Jeff Smith had various problems including getting held up by traffic leaving him sixteenth.
Ashley Sutton was the best of the MG’s in eleventh with Josh Cook in fourteenth. All thirty two cars took to the track during the session although Chris Smiley stopped with a suspected electrical issue.
The field are incredibly close in lap times once again with first to Ollie Jackson’s Audi in twenty first separated by just over a second.
Second practice is at 12pm with qualifying at 4pm. Live coverage is available from the ITV website.
Full times are available on TSL timing By Marc Waller