Just Who Is returns today with the spotlight firmly on the BTCC’s youngest ever competitor, 19 year old Aiden Moffat. Fresh from a solid 2015 season where Moffat scored his maiden BTCC podium at Knockhill, 2016 brings a whole new season of opportunity for Moffat and the Laser Tools Racing outfit who will be looking to capitalise on a strong end to 2015.
Moffat became the youngest BTCC driver in history after making his debut at Knockhill with Finesse Motorsport back in 2013, finishing the season in the Volkswagen CC of Kraftwerk racing where he scored 14th and 15th place finishes at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. A full BTCC season followed in 2014, where Moffat featured in a new look BTCC lineup under the name of Laser Tools Racing and featuring a Chevrolet Cruze, and although his two points finishes at Brands Hatch took him to just 25th in the overall table, they set the scene for very impressive 2015.
15 points scoring finishes throughout 2015, including his well deserved podium at Knockhill helped propel Moffat to 17th in the overall standings come the seasons end, and an even more impressive 9th in the Independents table.
Seven points finishes in the last 11 races of the season ensured Moffat ended 2015 very much on the radar and if Laser Tools Racing can ensure a strong start to 2016, then it’s perfectly plausible to predict that Moffat can follow in the footsteps of the other A-Class on grid and feature regularly inside the top ten.
The BTCC is currently blessed with a wealth of young talent, something which ensures what the series is almost certain to continue it’s upward trend it has experienced over the last few seasons. Jack Goff, Tom Ingram, Aiden Moffat and Josh Cook to name but a few have proved themselves more than capable of keeping the likes of Plato and Neal on their toes in recent seasons and with the influx of new stock parts in 2016, the chance to rewrite the pecking order is as strong as ever.
To have two full BTCC seasons, and a podium finish under his belt at the age of just 19 is a remarkable achievement for any racing driver, especially in a series as competitive as the BTCC has been in recent seasons. With the whole grid often covered by no more than a couple of seconds 2016 marks a very real opportunity for Moffat to cement his growing reputation as one of the BTCC’s biggest young talents, and it will be fascinating to see how far Laser Tools Racing can progress up the championship table.