Laser Tools Racing driver Aiden Moffat unveiled the newly-liveried Infiniti Q50 at last week’s Autosport International Show, and the Scot, who is about to enter his seventh consecutive season in the BTCC was bullish about his chances of success in 2020.
Moffat and Laser Tools Racing switched from the Mercedes-Benz A-Class to a revamped Infiniti Q50 midway through the 2019 season and enjoyed a brilliant turn of fortunes which included a 2nd place finish at Silverstone. For the first time in their BTCC history, Laser Tools Racing will line up on the grid as a two-car outfit and Moffat was buzzing ahead of the 2020 campaign.
“It’s by far the most excited I’ve been at the start of a season,” he said. “Now that we’re building two brand new Infiniti Q50s, expanding Laser Tools Racing to a two-car team, and working with Ash Sutton, it’s all coming together. Ash is bringing his race engineer Tony Carrozza to the team and I’m staying with my race engineer Federico Turrata, so it’s going to be a very exciting year for everyone.
Engineering-wise we’ve been working very hard over the winter on building the two new Infinitis and redesigning them literally from the ground up. Much improved weight distribution and stiffness in the shell, and after a session in the wind tunnel at MIRA in December, the aero is substantially modified and improved.”
A race winner in 2017 and 2018, Moffat endured a tough start to the 2019 campaign as the Mercedes struggled for speed. The midseason switch to the Infiniti proved fruitful and after half a season of learning Moffat is targeting a return to the top step this coming campaign.
He continued, “On a personal side, my goal this year is to get back on the top step, to be winning races. Obviously, I’m still learning rear-wheel-drive — I haven’t done a full season in rear-wheel-drive yet, so there are still tracks this year that I will be driving a rear-wheel-drive car for the first time. Ash Sutton, with his experience and the fact that he’s a great person to work with, means that he’s a great person to learn from.
But at the same time, I’m very confident in my own ability and I’m feeling at home with rear-wheel-drive, it feels very suited to me. Deep down, I’m quietly confident I’ll get back up to the front and we’ll have two Laser Tools Racing cars at the front of the grid.”
Moffat was confident that the move to a two-car outfit would reap rewards and was pleased to have serial winner Ash Sutton line up alongside him in rear-wheel-drive machinery.
Moffat said; “The advantages of a two-car team are obvious. Having a teammate you can work with is going to be a massive help. Knowledge and experience are key — Ash has done three years in the rear-wheel-drive Subaru and he won the championship in this car. Engineer Tony Carrozza brings a different way of looking at things for myself and Federico, and for us all to come together it speeds up the process of developing these new Infinitis.”
The 2020 BTCC season will commence at Donington Park on the weekend of March 28th/29th. The Leicestershire circuit has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for Moffat with two 3rd places coming in 2018 and a 1st in 2017.