With a late call on the Tuesday, Dalkeith’s teen driving sensation Aiden Moffat was asked by VW Cup regulars and BTCC competitors Team Hard to drive a Golf GTi in the latest rounds of the VW Cup at Brands Hatch.
The experience was for both parties to get valued feedback on the car and the operation as a whole.
The event was also important as Aiden used the weekend to gain knowledge of the full Brands Hatch GP circuit as he is to return there at the end of the BTCC season.
It also emerged that Aiden could well be looking at building his own VW Golf for the 2016 season as he uses the VW championship to increase his knowledge of the UK circuits.
Practice and qualifying were mixed. Aiden struggled in all sessions to hook the Golf GTi up in the fast corners.
The car suffered from understeer and a hard set-up that could not be cured through the weekend. As Aiden is the perfect racer, he used his time to try to solve the problems with the car by altering his driving style and persevering.
Race one brought a thrilling race for Aiden as he worked through the grid from 12th, battling much of the race with Joe McMillan’s Cobra Engineering Scirocco which set fastest lap on his way to eighth, and the Golf of Fulbrook, which was further in the wars at the final corner with a collision involving the Team HARD Golf of BTCC racer Aiden Moffat, whose race ended just short of the line. Aiden’s car spun backwards into the barriers causing substantial damage.
Race two was marred by red flags. Driving standards were questioned after the event as many competitors sustained damage. Aiden’s race started from 22nd after a horrendous first race. After safety car periods and another red flag when four cars failed to make the first corner, Aiden battled on and eventually brought the Golf home in 18th position in the restarted race.