In the next chapter of our 2021 BTCC Team Previews, our writers take a look at what Laser Tools Racing can get up to this season.
Laser Tools Racing enter this season with their Infiniti Q50s once again but now to a line-up of three entries.
Reigning champion Ash Sutton keeps his seat at the team as well as Aiden Moffat, but former Team HARD driver Carl Boardley makes the move to form a trio this season.
See our BTCC 2021 Team Previews so far:
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- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: MB Motorsport
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: Motorbase Performance
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: Ciceley Motorsport
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: Team HARD Racing
The Laser Tools Racing squad come into 2021 as last year’s championship winners, after Ash Sutton claimed the title in the Brands Hatch finale.
This year, they will be aiming to strengthen their presence at the front as the Infiniti Q50 enters its second full BTCC campaign. Bob Moffat’s team have a three-driver line-up for 2021, making Carl Boardley an addition to the outfit alongside Aiden Moffat and Sutton.
Boardley enters his third full campaign in the series and comes into the Laser Tools Racing Team on the back of a 21st placed season with Team HARD last year. Joining a team that is fresh off a championship winning season will breed confidence in the 45-year-old, so we should expect to see him fighting for stronger results than his past two years.
There is very little to say about Sutton, the 27-year-old showed last year how strong he can be at the front, and took the title in excellent fashion, with a cool and collected weekend at Brands Hatch. I believe we will see him putting up a strong defence for the crown this year.
Moffat has potential, we are seeing that as each year passes, and this year I think we’ll see the 24-year-old put that potential into action.
I don’t expect him to be consistently at the front, but I certainly think he’ll be up there more often in 2021.
Ash Sutton, Aiden Moffat and Carl Boardley are the drivers entrusted with the responsibilities of piloting Laser Tools Racing’s rapid Infiniti Q50s for the 2021 BTCC season.
Defending drivers champion, Ashley Sutton, has been retained for another season alongside teammate Aiden Moffat. The pair proved to be relentless and dynamic when the time came for them to adapt and create their own luck in the 2020 season, and I have no doubt that they have every intention of carrying that formula for success into the 2021 campaign.
Carl Boardley is the new signing for the team in 2021, having come from Team HARD and
the BMW 125i platform.
He has said that he is confident that he can ‘learn a lot’ from his new team and will be looking to put his Infiniti amongst the front runners on a consistent basis.
Overall, Laser Tools Racing are the defending champions and have everything to lose. It’s up to them to carry their strong form from the 2020 season, into 2021.
With a year of experience and vital data for the Q50 now in their locker, you’d be foolish to put them anywhere else but at the front of the grid.
After securing last year’s drivers’ championship and second in the teams’ championship, there are high expectations of this team.
Sutton, the reigning champion, gave the Infiniti Q50 a perfect BTCC welcome as the rear-wheel drive saloon gave him the confidence to surprise everyone with his performances. It was not only the victories, but when he was tasked with charging up the field – and he always managed to climb up the order.
His chief rival, four-time champion Colin Turkington, still has the edge in one key aspect. As demonstrated last year, the Northern Irishman had a quick, calm and controlled approach whilst Sutton had a touch more aggression that caught him out at certain moments. The title fight will be on from the moment the season begins at Thruxton as I expect to see them assert their outgoing driving styles that needs to gather the early momentum of points they need.
Needless to say, both teams now have three cars – the two suspectedly acting as the wingmen for Turkington at Team BMW and Sutton at Laser Tools Racing.
Aiden Moffat proved as a talent in the midfield but will need to catch onto (what I still reckon will be) the two-time champion’s ruthless pace. Carl Boardley will enjoy the switch to modern machinery and finds himself in a position to adapt within the first few race weekends.
From then onwards, I cannot wait to see a title defence pursuit from Sutton.