Laser Tools Racing: The Story and the Stats

The Story

It’s fair to say Aiden Moffat’s 2016 season has been a little more mixed than he would have liked. The Scotsman saw highs like his best ever qualifying and a trip to the podium, and lows when door-to-door racing didn’t end quite the way the Laser Tools driver would have liked. But, overall, it has to have been a positive season for Moffat: his best ever finish in the championship and more championship points than his last three seasons combined.

Moffat’s season started well, with three points finishes at Brands Hatch back in April and two more at Donington Park. Things really started to get interesting for the Scotsman at Thruxton.

There was elation in the Laser Tools garage when Moffat managed to put his Mercedes on the front row of the grid for the first race of the weekend, his best qualifying to date. It was an incredible lap, just three hundredths of a second off of pole, promising an exciting race the following day. Unfortunately for Moffat, the race was exciting for all the wrong reasons. The race started with a challenge from those trying to work their way forwards, which sent Moffat into a slide that dropped him back down the order and bent the suspension. Still Moffat fought back, managing to work his way back up to P2, when he got a puncture on the hard worn tyres, sending the Mercedes off again.

That was just the start of a frustrating weekend for the Scotsman, with contact and punctures leading to disappointing results in the next two races.

Oulton Park and Croft were more difficult weekend, with mechanical problems and contact resulting in DNFs and pointless finishes, but Moffat was back in the points at Snetterton. The Laser Tools driver got off to a fantastic start in race one, but was given a time penalty after all four wheels weren’t on the car after three minutes before the race, a rule set to deter last minute tyre changes. It took Moffat out of the points for the first race, but he was able to bounce back in the following races, with retirements ahead of him helping his climb up through the order.

From that point onwards, Moffat didn’t leave the points. A home weekend in Knockhill was far from spectacular, but the Laser Tools driver entertained the home crowds all weekend, and rewarded their support with three points finishes on the short Scottish track. Silverstone saw a trio of ninth places, taking Moffat over 100 championship points this season.

Moffat ended the season in style. In a competitive qualifying session with changing weather conditions, Moffat put his Mercedes in ninth for the first race. It was ahead of many of the championship contenders who, in the first race, managed to get past the Scotsman and he dropped back a few places after a fantastic start, eventually finishing eighth. Race two was relatively uneventful, with Moffat managing to move up two places and snatch sixth from Independents rival Mat Jackson. That earned the Laser Tools driver an Independents championship win, and a front row start for the reverse grid race to end the season.

It was a case of keeping his head down and defending well in the final race of the weekend. With the championship contenders battling right behind him, Moffat had a tough job to keep the second place he started in, but he eventually crossed the line in second, which he said made up for the difficult season. Second is Moffat’s career best finish and, ending on a high, it promises another strong season next year.

The Stats


Finishing Positions

Finishing Positions

Qualifying Positions

Qualifying Positions

Position Changes

Position Changes

Image Credit: Caroline Rhea

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