V8 Supercars driver James Moffat has cemented his future in the sport by signing a new multi-year deal with Nissan Motorsport.
Moffat, driver of the #360 Norton Hornet Nissan Altima, has enjoyed a stand-out season in the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship.
After eight events this year, Moffat has taken seven top 10 race finishes and is placed 15th overall, making him the second-highest placed Nissan driver in the manufacturer’s return year to Australian touring car racing.
The new deal will see Moffat remain a factory Nissan driver for the coming seasons.
“I’m very happy to say that I’m going to be here at Nissan Motorsport for another few years at least, and nice to lock it away relatively early,” Moffat said.
“I’m looking forward to the future. It has been a massive undertaking for everyone involved to get Nissan Motorsport to where we are at this stage. I feel like the future holds some promising things.
“My intention was always to stay with the team and luckily they felt the same way about me staying here.
“It’s never easy having year-by-year deals and not knowing exactly what you’re doing the following year. To be able to lock away a deal that gives me some security is nice, but at the same time, we know there’s still a lot of work ahead of us.”
Nissan Motorsport Chief Executive Officer John Crennan said Moffat’s on track performances had been a key factor to his signing to the team.
“He has displayed an added level of driving maturity this year, and the proof of that is his passing record,” Crennan said. “He has passed more drivers in race conditions than any other this season.”
After progressing through the junior and support classes in the Australian motorsport scene, Moffat made his V8 Supercars debut in the Development Series in 2009, finishing second overall.
He made his full-time V8 Supercars Championship debut in 2011, driving for Dick Johnson Racing. He stayed with DJR in 2012 before making the step up to Nissan’s factory team this year.
Already in 2013, Moffat has scored more top 10 results in the first part of the season than what he was able to achieve through 2012.
He has also been one of the most consistent performers in the Championship, having only recorded one DNF (did not finish) from the 24 races so far.
Moffat and the other Nissan Motorsport drivers will next be seen at Winton Motor Raceway on August 23-25; tickets are available now.