Laser Tools Racing is bringing back Infiniti to the BTCC
Laser Tools Racing and Aiden Moffat will switch from Mercedes-Benz A-Class to a newly developed Infiniti Q50 for the remainder of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season.
The initial plan was to use a new car in 2020 but a preparation process goes well and the decision has been made to run Infiniti in next week’s two-day tyre test at Snetterton already. The introduction of the Infiniti will take the BTCC entry list up to 11 different marques on the grid and total 13 different cars across the 30-car field.
After using a Chevrolet Cruze in 2014, Moffat and Laser Tools switched to the popular German hatchback in 2015 and spent four and half seasons in the #16 Mercedes A-Class, scoring three victories since then. This year, the team purchased two Infiniti Q50s, which originally ran during the 2015 BTCC season.
“When we first purchased the two Infiniti cars we called in our race engineers. 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,” Aiden Moffat said.
Moffat will drive the Infiniti at the BTCC’s annual Dunlop tyre test, which takes place at Snetterton on July 16-17. The championship will resume on the same track on August 3-4. Aiden Moffat is currently in 18th place in the 2019 BTCC standings, with fourth place in the season-opening race at Brands Hatch as his best result.