Forward Progress for Moffat in WA
James Moffat had a weekend of forward progress in Western Australia, with the Wilson Security Racing GRM Holden Commodore showing strong race pace at Barbagallo Raceway’s Perth SuperSprint.
Rebounding from some tough qualifying sessions, Moffat registered results of 12th and 11th from the event’s two heats.
After eight races in season 2017, Moffat remains in tenth place on the points report.
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship continues in two weeks’ time at Winton Motor Raceway.
- A pair of 45 minute long practice sessions kicked off a fine and warm weekend of competition.
- After setting the third fastest time in the opening practice session, Moffat was 17th in the later run, with tyre condition a major factor influencing practice lap times.
“Overall, our start to the weekend hasn’t been too bad,” said Moffat.
“Today we focussed a lot on race pace.
“The track is obviously very tough on tyres, so it’s important to see how much life we can get out of them over the duration of a stint.”
- The third and final 45 minute long practice session netted Moffat the 15th best time.
- After 15 minutes of qualifying, Moffat started the 120km opening race from 21st position.
- Another good start for Moffat saw him run in 18th place after one circuit, with a long first stint seeing him pit from third position on lap 26 of 50.
- With the race running safety car free, Moffat picked off places on the run to the finish to be classified in 12th.
“Today was a good fight back for us after a tough qualifying session,” said Moffat.
“We managed to move through from 21st to 12thwithout any safety car help. The strategy from the GRM crew was spot on.
“The car looked after its tyres and had good pace, we just have to qualify a bit better tomorrow.”
- Twenty minutes of qualifying on Sunday morning saw Moffat line up for the weekend’s 200km race from 15th spot.
- Another long first stint saw Moffat take his first pit service from second positon on lap 29 of 83.
- Moffat then moved up to 11th position before pitting again on lap 53.
- The number 34 machine station in that place through the final stint to the chequered flag, in what proved to be another safety car free race.
“We slid around today to finish 11th, we made some progress, but just not quite enough,” said Moffat.
“Unfortunately, the strategy today didn’t quite work out for us, and I didn’t quite have the cleanest middle stint.
“We’re still lacking a bit of qualifying pace, but our race performances have been consistent enough to maintain a top-ten place in the standings.”