Infiniti switch for Aiden Moffat and Laser Tools Racing
Laser Tools Racing will switch from its Mercedes-Benz A-Class to a newly developed Infiniti Q50 for the remainder of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
Moffat has taken three BTCC wins in the popular Mercedes hatchback, but the Scottish-based squad believes the swap could provide immediate advantages.
The team purchased the Infinitis, which originally ran during the 2015 BTCC season, and initially intended on readying them for the 2020 campaign.
A tireless effort from Laser Tools Racing, however, has ensured the car is prepared in time next week’s two-day tyre test at Snetterton, and the decision has been made for 22-year-old Moffat to race the car immediately thereafter.
“When we first purchased the two Infiniti cars we called in our race engineers,” said Aiden. “In particular, my race engineer Federico Turrata, measured, weighed, checked, photographed and took all this data back to Italy to run simulations on how viable an improved chassis would be. The result was incredibly positive, and Federico was convinced that this was the way forward.
“Our 2020-spec Infiniti is a far cry from the 2015 version, incorporating all the latest NGTC specifications. The car has been completely re-engineered. And, of course, the benefits of a fantastically aerodynamic design, plus rear-wheel-drive!”
Moffat’s first proper taste of the Infiniti will come around the Snetterton 300 circuit at the BTCC’s annual Dunlop tyre test, which takes place on 16/17 July.
“In the BTCC 2019, things have changed; newly developed cars are clearly demonstrating their superiority, and we really feel that the Mercedes has reached the pinnacle of its development. It’s been a great car, indeed a multi-race winner for Aiden, but to go forward we need change,” confirmed Team Principal Bob Moffat.
“Therefore at Oulton Park we made the decision to accelerate our Infiniti programme and debut the car at Snetterton. It is a big ask I admit, but the experienced Laser Tools Racing team have pulled out all the stops and Aiden’s new car is ready to race.
“Make no mistake, there’s still some way to go, but I’m so proud of what we have achieved so far. We will be on a steep learning curve for the remaining races on the 2019 BTCC calendar, but we genuinely feel that we are onto a winner with this new car, and it will only improve with further development over the remaining 2019 season.”
Aiden Moffat is currently in 18th place in the 2019 BTCC standings and has a best finish of fourth place in the opening race of the year at Brands Hatch in August.
The introduction of the Infiniti will take the BTCC entry list up to 11 different marques on the grid and a total 13 different cars across the capacity 30-car field.