James Moffat began his preparation for Supercars’ biggest prize on Friday at a wet and wild Winton Raceway in country Victoria.

Moffat will team with Ford star Chaz Mostert in the Supercheap Auto Falcon for the sport’s three endurance races – the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600.

Friday provided the 33 year old with invaluable time working with the Tickford Racing operation, running the co-driver session and a number of laps in Practice 2, as part of the Round 6 of the Supercars Championship.

“It was nice to start to work together, to begin the relationship with Chaz and the entire team,” Moffat said on his time behind the wheel.

“They were so accommodating and made life very easy despite the wet conditions – it was nice to get to know how we all work ahead of what’s on offer in a few month’s time.”

“We will test again next month, so this gave us a good heads up of how we all operate.”

Moffat was pleased with how he settled in to the car, consistently in the top 5 on the time sheets.

“In the past couple of years I’ve been in a Nissan, a Volvo, and a Holden, so it was nice to get really comfortable again in the Ford!” Moffat joked.

“Overall the speed we showed was pretty positive, and at the end of the day it was just nice to get back in a Supercar.”
“As you can probably imagine, I enjoyed it a hell of a lot!”

Moffat and Mostert will form a strong combination for each of the endurance races – but especially October’s Bathurst title.

“It’s the three biggest races of the year, especially at Mount Panorama, so hopefully by the time we arrive at Sandown we can be primed and ready to contend,” Moffat said.

The pair team together at the Sandown 500 in September, before October’s Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600.

Moffat’s next race weekend is at Darwin’s Hidden Valley with Round 4 of the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia Championship in June.