There were mixed emotions for Dalkeith’s teen driving sensation after he achieved his first podium finish recently on his ‘home’ track.
A fortnight after being forced to sit out the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) races at Snetterton having suffered concussion, Aiden Moffat stormed back to deliver a career-best result at Knockhill, but only after a post-race time penalty was handed to the third place finisher.
With the final race reaching its climax the 18-year-old was in third place . But Andy Priaulx tried several times to make a pass having closed down Moffat’s Mercedes, before he nudged his way past on the penultimate lap.
Priaulx’s joy was short lived, however, as officials handed him a 3.5 second post-race time penalty meaning Moffat scored a very popular home rostrum.
Moffat, who was only passed fit enough to race at Knockhill after undergoing tests on Friday, was disappointed not to celebrate his best ever result in front of his home crowd.
He said: “It was probably half an hour later that I was presented with the trophy for third. I had expected it to happen as the move Priaulx made was borderline and there were yellow flags so I had backed off and he took advantage.
“It was a shame I never finished third over the line but a podium is still a podium, I have got the trophy.
“So, it was a bit of a shame but not the end of the world.
“It was a great race. It was amazing to get a podium finish. But to be at home is that bit more special. It was a great feeling. I had a lot of support from the home crowd which you appreciate, they get behind you and make a difference. It’s just a weekend I will remember forever.
“Sitting out at Snetterton made me more determined to do well this time. So I think that was a big help.”