JAMES MOFFAT BIOGRAPHY
The son of Australian Touring Car legend Allan Moffat, James grew up around racing and immediately developed a similar passion for motorsport. It wasn't long before he made his own way into the sport, beginning kart racing in 1998
James competed successfully in karts until the end of 2002 at which point he made his move into circuit racing competing in some one-off races around Australia. It wasn't until 2004 though, that James really hit his stride.
He moved into the highly competitive Lotus Trophy in 2004 and immediately established himself as a front-runner. In an amazing year he took home the rookie of the year honours and finished second in the championship. It was a sign of things to come.
For 2005 James progressed into the V8 Ute Racing Series and again took little time to adapt to the category. He earned himself another rookie of the year title and finished the year in seventh position overall, achieving some fine results.
James elected to take a year off from racing in 2006, but returned to the scene in 2007 fully recharged. James took to the highly competitive Australian Formula Ford Championship and placed third in the championship. He continued to cement himself as one of Australian Motorsports hottest young properties by wrapping up yet another rookie of the year title.
In 2008 James continued his rise up the Australian ranks, competing in the prestigious one make Australian Porsche Carrera Cup Championship. Together with Sonic Motor Racing Services James impressed some of the country's most respected drivers by winning the final round of the season on the Gold Coast and finishing fourth in the championship. In a stellar year for James he also took home rookie of the year honours.
In 2009 James took one of the biggest steps of his motorsport career and launched himself into the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series. In the V8 Supercar Championship's official feeder category James shone, winning multiple races and finishing second in the championship. Once again James took home rookie of the year honours, but he was also awarded the coveted Mike Kable Young Gun V8 Supercar Award at the end of year Gala dinner.
Season 2010 promised to be a bigger and better, but a string some bad luck and reliability issues hampered his season. In an eventful year James also made his V8 Supercar Championship Series debut with Ford Performance Racing at Phillip Island and Bathurst.
In 2011 James joined the iconic team Dick Johnson Racing as teammate to Steven Johnson, replacing reigning champion James Courtney. He had a stellar Rookie season, highlighted by two storming drives at the Gold Coast and Queensland raceway events, just missing podium finishes by the smallest of margins.
2012 proved to be a tough year for James. A mix of problems limiting James to mid-field finishes as Dick Johnson racing comes to terms with fielding four cars.
James finished the year in 21st position, although he recorded strong performances at Winton, Townsville, Bathurst and Sydney with four top 10 finishes.
At the end of 2012 James left Dick Johnson Racing to join the Nissan factory program, the Japanese manufacturer returning to front-line Australian motorsport for the first time in over 20 years.
It proved a canny call, James scoring his breakthrough V8 Supercar victory – and Nissan's first and only of their comeback season – at the Winton round of the Championship.
Although at times struggling for competitive pace, the rapidly developing Nissan Altimas delivered James consistent top 10 finishes, often as the first of the four team cars home.
Late season unreliability saw James slip from a mid-season 13th in the Championship to an ultimate 18th.
With significant engine and aerodynamic development undertaken in the off-season, James is optimistic he'll be regularly competitive in 2014 and aims to add to his V8 Championship race victory tally.
2014 certainly began positively with James invited to take part in the Dubai 24 Hours event, as part of Nissan's global motorsport program. Despite never having seen the track or driven the car before, James was immediately on the pace and fastest in his car, which included a former Formula 1 driver.
Although delayed with reliability issues, James and his team finished a strong third in class in his first 24 Hours event.
In the V8 Supercars Championship, Nissan Motorsport continued to refine its racing package with continuous development and upgrades of its engine and aerodynamic package, 2014 saw results improve for the squad with James recording multiple top ten finishes throughout the year.
Moffat also recorded the team's first championship pole position at Queensland Raceway and secured Nissan Motorsports first ever Bathurst podium finish, when he put in a storming drive to finish Australia's greatest race in 2nd position.