Top 10 Start for Moffat in Adelaide
Wilson Security Racing GRM driver James Moffat has started the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship on a positive note, registering a top-ten finish on debut as a Holden driver at the Clipsal 500.
Having previous spent time behind the wheel of a variety of Supercars from Ford, Nissan and Volvo, Moffat showed solid speed out of the box alongside new team mate Garth Tander.
After the first event of 14 for the season, Moffat sits 12th in the point standings.
Moffat’s next outing will be on the streets of Albert Park in support of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix on March 23-26.
Fine and warm conditions which continued throughout the entire weekend.
Twin 40-minute practice sessions opened festivities, with Moffat netting the 15th and 14th fastest times.
A late afternoon, 20-minute long qualifying session saw the number 34 machine set the 19th quickest time.
“A bit of a tough day for us, but we’ve got a direction we need to go in for the weekend,” said Moffat.
“There are definitely some differences between the Volvo and Holden and what makes them tick.
“We’re still learning and understanding the new Commodore package every time we run the car, and certainly we feel there is more speed to come.”
Final practice saw an improvement in form for Moffat, who set the sixth fastest lap time.
A relatively long first stint in the race saw Moffat move up to third position before pitting on lap 20 of 78 under the sole safety car intervention of the weekend.
Re-joining the race in 17th, Moffat drove through to the lead before stopping for the second time on lap 48.
The strategy play worked, with Moffat holding station in tenth place for the run to the finish.
“It was a pretty solid start to the year for us,” said Moffat.
“Finishing in 10th I feel was as close to the maximum we could have achieved.
“Moving up from 19th was a good team effort with some strong strategy coming into play.”
The qualifying session for the second 250km long race placed Moffat 14th on the starting grid.
With the race running safety car free, Moffat made his first stop on lap 14 from seventh spot.
Moffat moved back up to seventh again by the time of his second service on lap 42, before returning to the action in 16th, where he stayed until the chequered flag.
“We certainly battled a bit more on Sunday with some setup issues,” said Moffat.
“Finishing 16th was certainly frustrating compared to Saturday’s effort.
“Overall, we got some solid points to start the new year, and we can use the AGP races to further our understanding of the Commodore and the new Dunlop tyres.”