Laser Tools Racing's Aiden Moffat has expressed his joy after achieving a BTCC career best fifth-place finish at Donington Park.

Moffat produced a stunning charge through the order from 16th on the grid in race three - picking off former champions at will - to deliver a hugely popular fifth-place result for the Laser Tools Racing squad.

Despite his race three heroics, though, Moffat's weekend - up until that point - hadn't gone according to plan after soft tyre woes in race one accompanied with an on-track skirmish in race two left the 18-year old unable to capitalise on his top-nine qualifying effort.

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"Yeah didn't expect that to say the least! The weekend was going pretty bad to be honest although we had our best ever qualifying it all seemed to go downhill from where," Moffat told

"We went from ninth to 18th in first race on the soft tyre. It just didn't seem to work at all. We knew it was going to be bad, just didn't know it was going to be that bad.

"In race two we had the pace and we were faster than the guys ahead of us and looked to make the most of that but we ended up getting taken out by Priaulx at Craners, which was nice of him. So I spent most of that fifth gear corner sideways, which put us 16th on the grid for race three.

"At that point we may as well have gone home! But we had nothing to lose so we thought, let's see what happens. As soon as I got into the top ten it was great as we already aimed for the top ten but to finish in the top-five was just amazing."

Since deciding to step away from the Chevrolet Cruze he ran last season, Moffat has since reaped the rewards aboard the Ciceley prepared Mercedes A-Class.

Although Moffat concedes straight-line speed isn't one of the A-Class challenger's strong points, the 18-year old says the mid-corner strength of the Mercedes makes up for the top-speed deficiency.

"As far as handling is concerned it's awesome. The car gives a lot of confidence under braking as well with it having more traction so you can carry more speed. All round it's a better car, apart from its top speed, compared to what I've been used to," Moffat continued.

"The minimum speed you can carry is a strong point of the car that's why we think we might not be in such a bad position overall despite the overall straight-line performance."