James Moffat is an Australian racing driver who currently competes in the V8 Supercars Championship with Garry Rogers Motorsport's Holden Commodore. James debuted in the V8SC in 2010, recording more than 200 starts with four different teams since then.
He won only one race, in August 2013 at Winton Motor Raceway, driving a Nissan Altima. A year later, in 2014, he achieved his best result at Bathurst 1000, finishing in the second place while sharing the #360 Nissan with Taz Douglas.
James Moffat is a son of touring car legend Allan Moffat, the four-time Australian touring car champion and four-time Bathurst 1000 winner. James was born on June 18, 1984, in Melbourne, Victoria.
Allan Moffat and James Moffat
James started racing career in 1998
As the son of the racing legend, James grew up around racing and immediately developed a similar passion for motorsport. He started a career in kart racing in 1998. He competed successfully in karts until the end of 2002. Then he made a move into bigger cars, entering some races of the Victorian Formula Ford Championship and Queensland Sports Sedan Championship.
In 2004, he expanded his racing activities in the Victorian Formula Ford but also participated on the national level, entering the Kumho Tyres Lotus Trophy, the one-make series for Lotus Elise production cars. He finished in the second place, narrowly losing a title to Damien French.
James competed in the V8 Utes Series in 2005
First V8 competition in 2005
In 2005, James entered his first V8 competition. It was the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series, in which he was driving a Ford Falcon XR8 Ute for Alan Grice Racing. With three podiums, he finished seventh in the points.
James skipped racing in 2006, returning to the race track in the 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship. He was driving for Sonic Motor Racing Services, being among the front-runners for the entire season. He scored three wins and eleven podiums to finish third in the points, behind Tim Blanchard and Ashley Walsh.
With the same team, Moffat switched to the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2008. He was on the podium eleven times, including one victory, to finish fourth in the points.
In 2009, Moffat contested in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
Two successful seasons in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
In 2009, Moffat entered the third different competition with the same team. He was a part of Team Sonic's newly established V8 Supercar program and was competing in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series. He was driving a Ford Falcon BF to five wins and twelve podiums, finishing as the championship runner-up behind Jonathon Webb. At the season-ending V8 Supercar prizegiving ceremony, Moffat received the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, recognition of his efforts in a debut V8 Supercar season.
Moffat spent one more full season in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, driving for Prodrive Racing. He collected ten podiums, without wins, to finish third in the points.
James Moffat at 2010 Bathurst 1000
V8 Supercar Championship debut in 2010
In 2010, Moffat had a debut in the V8 Supercar Championship, participating in endurance races at Phillip Island and Mount Panorama. He joined Steven Richards in the #6 Ford Falcon, finishing 21st at Phillip Island and 11th at Bathurst 1000.
In January 2011, James Moffat was announced as a full-time driver of Dick Johnson Racing's #18 Ford Falcon, replacing James Courtney. Twenty-two years after his father close a career, James Moffat entered the premium Australian racing competition.
James Moffat (right) and Dick Johnson (left)
Two V8SC seasons with Dick Johnson Racing
In his first full season in the V8 Supercar Championship, Moffat's best result was the fourth place at Queensland Raceway and Surfers Paradise. He finished 23th in the final standings. His endurance co-drivers were Matt Halliday and Joey Hand.
Moffat spent one more season driving for DJR. In 2012, he progressed to 21st place in the final standings. His best result was the fifth place at Winton Raceway. Alex Davison was his endurance co-driver at Phillip Island and Mount Panorama, Peter Kox joined him at Gold Coast. Moffat and Davison finished 10th at 2012 Bathurst 1000.
Celebrating his first V8 Supercar victory
Maiden win both for Moffat and Nissan Altima
In 2013, Kelly Racing team transitioned to Nissan Motorsport. A part of that transition was James Moffat, who joined the team to drive the #360 Nissan Altima. Moffat quickly established himself within the new team and became the first driver to win the V8SC race with Nissan Altima.
It happened in the ninth championship round at Winton Raceway. His teammate Michael Caruso was in the second place. At the end of the season, Moffat was 18th in the points.
Spraying champagne at Bathurst podium
Bathurst 1000 podium for Moffat, Douglas
In 2013, Taz Douglas was Moffat's co-driver in endurance races but without notable results. The duo scored a sensational result next year, at 2014 Bathurst 1000, finishing in the second place. The winners were Ford Performance Racing's Chaz Mostert and Paul Morris.
Besides Bathurst podium, Moffat scored seven more top 10 results to finish the championship in 16th place, his best result to date.
In 2015, the third season with Nissan, Moffat was driving the #99 Altima. With nine top 10 results, he finished 18th in the points. His best race result was the 4th place at Hidden Valley Raceway. In the endurance races, Taz Douglas was his co-driver for the third year in a row.
James Moffat joined Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2016
Driving for Garry Rogers since 2016
For the 2016 V8 Supercar season, Moffat changed a manufacturer, joining Garry Rogers Motorsport to drive the #34 Volvo S60, alongside Scott McLaughlin in the #33 car. James Golding was Moffat's co-driver in endurance races. While McLaughlin was competitive with Volvo, scoring two wins and finishing third in the points, Moffat's best result was the fifth place in the first race of Gold Coast 600. At the end of the season, he was 20th in the championship.
In 2017, Moffat stayed with Garry Rogers Motorsport but the team switched to Holden cars. The #34 Holden Commodore is Moffat's fourth different car in the top level V8 competition. His team-mate in the #33 car is Garth Tander.