Teenager Aiden Moffat is to make Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship history this weekend at Knockhill when he becomes the youngest driver to compete in the series.
The 16-year-old will drive the Chevrolet Cruze previously campaigned by Joe Girling for the remainder of the season having inked a deal with Finesse Motorsport, who own the car Girling raced through the opening half of the campaign before electing to step away from the series.
Moffat will break the record previously held by current World Touring Car Championship racer when he joins the grid in Scotland and said he was looking forward to the opportunity to step up into the series.
“I am just so excited to be on the big stage racing in front of thousands of fans at the circuits and millions more watching on TV,” he said. “I know the Knockhill circuit inside and out so that should help with my debut, but I am simply going to enjoy it. I've always dreamed about doing the BTCC and it's always been in the plan, but it has come around sooner than we thought.
“To be told I am the youngest ever driver in the BTCC just adds to the excitement to be honest, so I really can't wait to get out there. My race craft has really progressed and I've been up against some really tough racers in Scotland. I won't be phased by the challenge, but I'll certainly be taking it all in and looking to learn from the experience.”
Finesse boss Neil Giddings meanwhile said the team was ready for the challenge of graduating into the BTCC with the rookie.
“We've been excited by the opportunity to run in the BTCC and it has been the plan since we purchased the car early in the year,” he said. “We feel that we're well geared up for it as a team now and it's also great for our Clio Cup drivers to see a career progression with the squad.
“Time will tell how Aiden gets on but we haven't put any pressure on him and he's knows Knockhill well, so we're all looking forward to the challenge.”