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BTCC March 2020 Silverstone Official Test Day

Published on: 18/03/2020 16:00:00

Laser Tools Racing, with drivers Aiden Moffat and Ashley Sutton, tried out their new Infiniti Q50 race cars at the official BTCC test day held at Silverstone on Tuesday March 17. Both cars were literally fresh out of the box as they had been finally completed in the early hours of Tuesday morning and loaded straight onto the Laser Tools Racing race car transporter for the trip over to the Northamptonshire circuit.

Early on the day, Aiden Moffat commented: “We’ve arrived here this morning without a set-up on my car — I arrived here at four in the morning driving the race truck with the two cars in the back — so I’ve been doing a few shake-down laps this morning. This afternoon we will start experimenting with set-ups. We need to maximise any track time to improve the cars.

“For the season ahead I’m really looking forward to the new car and my new team mate. It’s making me more excited and more determined than ever.”

Of course TOCA (BTCC series organisers) announced on Tuesday afternoon of the postponement of the first three events of 2020, Donington Park (March 28/29), Brands Hatch (April 11/12) and Silverstone (April 25/26). So hopefully plenty of practice sessions in coming weeks before the season commences at Thruxton on 16/17 May. “If races get postponed, then so be it,” said Aiden. “Safety is the priority. We’ve now got to get miles in on these cars, develop these cars and focus on doing our job the best we can.”

Ashley Sutton was positive in what he wanted to get out of the day’s testing at the famous Silverstone circuit: “For us it’s getting settled with this brand new car. We’re working out exactly where we are with it, and after being away from it for four or five months, it’s a good chance for everyone to settle back in.

“My biggest motivation for this season is the new car. I’ve got the continuity of my team of guys and girls working on the car, so I’m really looking forward to that, and then having Aiden now as a team mate, I think the whole package with the Infiniti Q50 is the perfect solution!”