James Moffat doesn’t want anyone’s good luck – he just hopes his own will change this weekend.
The Volvo driver has looked speedy at the last few events but has failed to score any points in the Pirtek Enduro Cup, paired with James Golding.
The last SuperSprint event at Sydney Motorsport Park, he was running as high as fifth position before getting punted off-track with a handful of laps remaining. At Sandown, he qualified fourth for Golding to fire into the wall with a tyre puncture on lap one. It was a blown engine – that burst into flames on track – at Bathurst.
Today, he earned the third fastest time of the day at the Castrol Gold Coast 600, and could only hope for a change of luck come tomorrow’s 300km race.
“It doesn’t change how much I come to a race meeting and try myself,” Moffat said after his difficult run.
“A lot of people have been saying to me ‘good luck’ – I don’t want their good luck, I just want no bad luck this weekend. That’d be nice.”
Moffat sits 23rd in the Championship points, with a best of seventh at Phillip Island in Race Six. Teammate Scott McLaughlin won that race, has two wins to his name and sits fifth in the Championship race.
With Golding attacking the difficult Gold Coast street circuit for the first time this weekend, the team gave him extra time in the car during the first all-in practice session, traditionally used by the main drivers. The second session is exclusive to co-drivers, and Golding finished 17th on his run, 1.15 seconds behind fastest Tony D’Alberto driving for DJR Team Penske.
“That was a part of the reason we started him off in the first session, just to give him some laps in that session so he had an opportunity to look at some data and some vision before his session,” Moffat said.
“Coming here this year with only one co-driver session is definitely harder for him, but I think he did a really good job.
“He’s feeling pretty good in the car, we’ll look at some stuff tonight and the car’s really quick, it’ll definitely be fun around here.”