Aiden Moffat revealed the Mercedes A-Class that he will drive in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, the young Scot aiming for instant top-10 results with the new machine.
The 18-year-old entered the BTCC two seasons ago as the youngest driver to grace the grid of Britain’s premier saloon car series, and on Thursday revealed the new Laser Tools-sponsored Mercedes A-Class at Autosport’s International Show that he will race in 2015, coupled with the family squad’s merge with former rivals, Ciceley Racing.
Speaking to TCF at the Autosport Show, Moffat said: “This year has started well for me. It’s a completely different feeling because we’ve started off a lot stronger than before and with an experienced team now.
“We’ve got a proven car, I’ve got a lot more experience and we have a lot of pre-season testing planned. So yes, we’re in a good position this year. The security of it is a good feeling too, it makes you feel much more relaxed when you’ve got everything sorted – you just have to go and drive now.”
“I think it will be a great season for us. I like to push myself, but I’d like to get a top 10 or a couple in fact at the start of the season”
The youngster, formerly a front-runner in Ford Fiesta and Scottish Mini Cooper championships, admits that the introduction of the race-winning Mercedes will make 2015 a massively positive season, and he has high hopes of contending instantly for top-10 results in the first half of the coming BTCC campaign.
He added: “I think it will be a great season for us. I like to push myself, but I’d like to get a top 10 or a couple in fact at the start of the season, and also hope to end the year with at least a top-five finish regardless of how we get it – whether it be reverse grid or not.”
Last year Moffat finished 25th in the championship during his first full season driving a four-door Chevrolet Cruze, although his best result came at the final meeting of 2014 at Brands Hatch with 12th.
Moffat himself added that the recent collaboration with Ciceley Racing saw them exchange set-up and data during the latter fringes of the campaign, one that he expects will now pay off with the Scot driving equal machinery with Adam Morgan – a winner in that same meeting in October.
“It was a hard season. We didn’t have enough experience, then when we did the sister deal with Ciceley, the set-up didn’t really work when you translate it from a Hatchback Mercedes to a Chevrolet. Now we can learn from each other”, Moffat continued.
“I had a go of Adam Morgan’s Mercedes at Donington after last season; I haven’t driven this one yet, but I can’t wait to! It looks absolutely stunning.”
The BTCC roars back into life on 4/5 April 2015, while Moffat’s Mercedes will be present at the series’ Media Day at Donington Park on 24 March.