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James Moffat's V8 Supercar debut in Darwin yielded a solid weekend's results for the second-generation racer.

Celebrating his 27th birthday on the Saturday, James drove to a solid 14th before backing that up with 13th on Sunday.

"You always hope for better but I guess, realistically, to finish in the top half of the field in any V8 Supercar race is what we're aiming for this year, and we achieved that. So I'm happy enough and hoping for better in Townsville."


Car 18 JAMES MOFFAT, Started 26th, Finished 13th
Strategy call puts James off-sequence with majority of field
Late-race safety car enables James to exploit speed of soft' tyre
Finishes one better than Saturday's race

"I made a pretty ordinary start and then there was that early pitstop, which the majority of the field took. I didn't and had to race guys with fresher tyres for a long while, which cost us track position. My pace in the second stint was pretty good according to the team, and we got lucky with the safety car at the end. I really enjoyed coming back through the field, just wish there were more laps, we could have got a few more!"


Car 18 JAMES MOFFAT, Started 22nd, Finished 14th
Loses track position avoiding spinning car at turn one
Equipment problem costs time during pitstop
Late-race restart helps recover ground

"I got stiffed at the start avoiding the (spinning) Fujitsu car, the car wasn't very good on the first set of tyres and the pitstop was pretty bad with a spike (airhose connector) issue. But the car was good on the second set (of tyres) and at the last restart I got lucky for a change, so the end result was okay."


Car 18 JAMES MOFFAT, 25th overall in practice
First time at Hidden Valley in a V8 Supercar
Old tyres limit performance potential

"It was great to get out onto the Hidden Valley circuit in a V8 Supercar, it's a fun track but it's pretty short in a V8 Supercar, you're pretty busy every lap. We had an okay day, the tyres we ran on weren't the best, a bit old, so that limited speed."

1. Jamie Whincup, TeamVodafone, 1395
2. Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone, 1239
3. Shane Van Gisbergen, SP Tools Racing, 1134
4. Rick Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing, 1082
5. Steven Johnson, Jim Beam Racing, 1030
6. Will Davison, Trading Post Racing, 1020
7. Garth Tander, Toll Holden Racing Team, 1013
8. Alex Davison, IRWIN Tools Racing, 963
9. Mark Winterbottom, Orrcon Steel Racing, 961
10. Jason Bright, Team BOC, 920
21. James Moffat, Jim Beam Racing, 568

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