James Moffat has finished fourth to narrowly miss out on the podium at the Supercars Championship’s biggest event – the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Moffat teamed with Chaz Mostert to be the leading Tickford Racing entry in what was the final fling for the Falcon at Mount Panorama – with the Mustang its replacement for Ford in the series next year.

It left Moffat satisfied, but ultimately wanting more.

“To narrowly miss out on a podium finish was a bit frustrating,” Moffat conceded after a marathon weekend of racing.

“Having said that, we’re reasonably satisfied to have been a contender all day long on Sunday, running right up the front and if a safety car had fallen our way who knows how things might have panned out?!”

“It would have been so cool to finish on the podium in the final Bathurst in a Falcon, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”


Three days of practice and qualifying across Thursday, Friday and Saturday led to race day Sunday, where Moffat started the #55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon from 11th on the grid.

The 34 year old held his nerve, and his place against the regular drivers as he and Mostert slowly but surely worked their way into the top ten, and then the top five of the 161 lap endurance race.

“Eleventh to fourth is a real positive, and something we have to be pleased with,” Moffat said.

“We did everything we could – from Chaz and I, to the pit crew and the guys helping call the shots in the garage – to give ourselves a serious shot at the end.”

“A safety car in the last 20 laps would have been ideal, but in the end we had to conserve some fuel which meant an attack on the podium was always going to be unlikely.”

“Still as a lover of the sport it was great to see the emotion of Craig Lowndes winning his seventh Bathurst and full congratulations to him sand Stevey Richards.”

The fourth placed finish, on the back of a tenth placed finish at the Sandown 500, leaves the paid or Moffat and Mostert sitting sixth in the standings for the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

The final enduro event is the Gold Coast 600 to be held next week on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
All of the action begins Friday October 19, with two 300 kilometre races held across the weekend. Network Ten and Fox Sports will have all of the racing live.