A fortnight after being forced to sit out the British Touring Car Championship races at Snetterton having suffered concussion, Dalkeith’s Aiden Moffat stormed back to deliver a career-best result at Knockhill.
And the 18-year-old, who made his BTCC debut at the Fife track two years ago, only narrowly missed out on a debut podium.
Moffat, who was only passed fit enough to race at Knockhill after undergoing tests on Friday, powered his Laser Tools Mercedes to fourth in yesterday’s final race.
“I feel brilliant, but it’s mixed emotions,” admitted Moffat, who started second on the reversed grid, but made a small error to let eventual winner Matt Neal’s Honda through.
“I was hoping for a podium and mid-race I thought I could get it. But after Snetterton, to come back and get a ninth in Race 2, and then our best-ever finish, is a big achievement for the team.
“After I made the wee mistake to let Matt through, I’d hoped to be able to hold on to third, but Andy (Priaulx) muscled his way passed me in the closing stages and I had to settle for fourth.
“We’re a family-run team, and this result means the world to them. I’m in the early stages of my career: the next step is the podium.”
Fifer Gordon Shedden, meanwhile, battled back into contention for this year’s title when he stormed to a dominant victory at Knockhill.
The 36-year-old from Dalgety Bay, who entered the weekend trailing the Volkswagen of championship leader Jason Plato by 32 points, heads to Rockingham for the next round with the gap closed to just 11 points.
After finishing fifth in yesterday’s opener — won by the BMW of Rob Collard — the 2012 champ dominated the day’s second race in his Honda to win at Knockhill for the first time since 2011, and record the 40th BTCC win of his career and third of the season.
“This feels really special,” Shedden beamed. “It’s brilliant.
“It feels like such a long time since I’ve been on the top step of the podium at any race, but to win in front of my home fans and support, is great.”
The finished eighth in the day’s finale and is determined to win his second BTCC titleto match that of veteran John Cleland.
“Yeh, John was the guy who inspired me to race in the BTCC,” Shedden, whose Honda team-mate Matt Neal won the third race,” continued, “and I want to win a second title like him.”