A Scottish teenager who is still too young to hold a driving licence will make racing history this weekend when he lines up on the British Touring Car Championship grid at Knockhill for the first time.

At just 16 years, 10 months and 28 days, Aiden Moffat will be the youngest racer to compete in Britain's premier racing series, taking on seasoned professionals including triple champion Matt Neal (46 years), double champion Jason Plato (45 years) and reigning BTCC champion and fellow Scot, Gordon Shedden (a sprightly 34).

aiden moffat

Aiden Moffat will be mixing it with drivers three times his age when he lines up on the grid at Knockhill

The youngster, who already has a four-year racing career behind him and now competes in the Celtic Speed Mini Cooper Cup as well as the Scottish Ford Fiesta Championship, has been confirmed in the BTCC for the rest of 2013, driving a Finesse Motorsport-run S2000 Chevrolet Cruze.

Hailing from Dalkeith just outside Edinburgh, Moffat regards the Knockhill circuit as home territory and is confident of making an impact on his debut in the series renonwed for its robust and hard racing.

"I know the Knockhill circuit inside and out so that should help with my debut, but I am simply going to enjoy it," the 2011 Junior Banger Scottish Champion said.

My race craft has really progressed and I’ve been up against some really tough racers in Scotland. I won’t be phased by the challenge, but I’ll certainly be taking it all in and looking to learn from the experience.”

"I am just so excited to be on the big stage.. to be told I am the youngest ever driver in the BTCC just adds to the excitement to be honest, so I really can’t wait to get out there."

Moffat's appearance at Knockhill (24-25 August) will give him a racing record that has been held since 2002 by current World Touring Car Championship driver Tom Chilton. Brother of F1 driver Max, Chilton went on to win 12 races in the BTCC before switching to the world series.

In recognition of Aiden's achievement, we've dug out some other youngsters who made their mark and went on to great things - or not. See them in the gallery below.

Loading Slideshow...
  • Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver to win a Formula One race when he triumphed at the Italian Grand Prix in 2008. He was 21 years 73 days. Two years later he became the youngest F1 world champion.

  • Jaime Alguersuari

    Jaime Alguersuari looking pensive before he made his F1 debut at the 2009 Hungarian GP at the age of just 19 years 125 days. His early promise didn't last though and he was dumped by Scuderia Toro Rosso, the Red Bull junior team, at the end of 2011.

  • Alexander Wurz

    When Alex Wurz (centre) won Le Mans in 2009 with Peugeot, it wasn't the first time the Austrian had been on the top step after the famous race. Thirteen years before when just 22 days 91 days he'd also triumphed although we guess he finished it a day older. Meanwhile, the youngest starter of the 24-hour race was Ricardo Rodriguez in 1959, aged 17 years four months.

  • Reuben Noble-Lazarus

    Aged just 15 years 45 days, Reuben Noble-Lazarus became the youngest player in English football league history when he played for Barnsley against Ipswich Town on 30 September 2008.

  • Ronnie Dix

    Ronnie Dix, pictured here when he played for Derby County, holds the record as the youngest goalscorer of the English Football League. Aged 15 years 180 days he netted for Bristol Rovers against Norwich City on 3 March 1928.

  • Lottie Dod

    Martina Hingis is widely regarded as the youngest Wimbledon ladies champion but that's just for the modern era - and she didn't have to wear this get-up either. Back in 1887, Charlotte 'Lottie' Dod was 15 years and 285 days old when she won the ladies' title. She's also still the youngest singles champion amongst the gents and ladies.

  • Tom Prydie

    Ninian Finlay was just 17 years 36 days when he took to the field for Scotland against England in 1875 to become the youngest rugby union international but we can't find a photo of him. So instead here's Tom Prydie (centre) after he made his Wales debut against Ireland in 2010, aged 18 yrs 25 days, making him the youngest international in the modern professional era.

  • Pele

    As well as being the greatest player to have graced international football, Pele is the youngest player to have scored at the World Cup and this is the moment he set the record. Aged just 17, the Brazilian struck the only goal of the game against Wales in 1958 to send his side through to the semi-finals.

  • Marjorie Gestring

    US diver Marjorie Gestring was 13 years 268 days when she won gold in the 3m springboard diving at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin to become the youngest Olympic gold medal winner. She led a US lock-out of the podium with Katherine Rawls and Dorothy Poynton-Hill winning silver and bronze respectively.

  • Nigel Short

    Here's Britain's very own Nigel Short, aged 14, taking on astronomer Patrick Moore at the opening of the 55th Annual Hastings International Chess Congress in 1979. Short's performance at the congress earned him International Master status, the youngest player to win the accolade and beating the legendary Bobby Fischer.

  • William Hague

    As a 16-year-old, William Hague became the youngest....<i>(hang on, this isn't sport. Ed)</i>