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Moffat swaps categories for 2023

GARRY Rogers Motorsport veteran James Moffat has changed up his racing program for 2023, swapping TCR Australia for the National Trans Am Series.

Moffat has been on the grid for every round since TCR started in Australia, loyally campaigning a GRM Renault.

The 38-year-old has opted to shake things up now though, making a permanent move into Trans Am, where he will drive the title-winning Ford Mustang chassis previously raced by Nathan Herne.

Moffat, a Supercars race winner who has been on the Repco Bathurst 1000 podium the past two years, does have some Trans Am experience under his belt.

He made a cameo at Sydney Motorsport Park in 2021, driving a retro Coca Cola-liveried car paying homage to his famous father Allan to victory.

“I’m excited to be driving in Trans Am, I really enjoyed the race I did in the category at the end of 2021,” said Moffat.

James Moffat on Trans Am debut in 2021. Pic: Australian Racing Group

“The racing is clearly very exciting, for both drivers and fans alike, and it has become more competitive over the last couple of years as well.

“There’s plenty of young talent coming up through the category and also plenty of drivers with lots of experience and it creates a good mix on the racetrack.

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“The Hoosier tyre plays a big role, being a cross ply tyre, it lends itself to sliding across the track which is an exciting sight for spectators.

“Each year we’re seeing more quality drivers up the front of the field and there’s now plenty of variety with different teams getting involved and it’s creating a racing product that only gets better every time the category goes racing.”

Moffat’s move follows GRM’s signing of Edan Thornburrow to its Trans Am stable.

“The main challenge for me will be adapting as quickly as I can, and fortunately I’ve got that prior experience to draw on from 2021,” he continued.

“As with any championship, consistency will be the key, but even more so in Trans Am where it’s proper elbows out racing.

“GRM has a great data pool to draw on for each round now, and I know I’m driving for the best team who will provide me with a great car.

“It’s tremendous to have the backing of Valvoline and LMCT+, we can’t go racing without their support. I’m just going to go out and do the very best we can at every given weekend and then see where we end up.”

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