NISSAN MOTORSPORTS

May 7, 2013

THREE TOP-10 FINISHES FOR JAMES MOFFAT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

2013 V8 Supercars Championship Race Report

PERTH, Australia (May 6th, 2013) - Nissan Motorsport has finished inside the top 10 in all three races at Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia, with James Moffat finishing 10th, 10th and 8th over the weekend.

The Victorian, driver of the #360 factory Nissan Altima, was the shining light for the new V8 Supercars manufacturer, making it seven top 10 finishes for the Altima in Nissan's return to top-level Australian Touring Car racing this year.

Moffat's great results have also elevated him into 13th place in the championship.

The Nissan Altimas are proving to be very fast in race trim, with all drivers able to make up many places in the races, relative to their qualifying positions.

The greatest number of positions gained was by Moffat, who qualified 20th for Race 12 of the championship (Sunday's second race) and finishing eighth. Rick Kelly also proved the superior handling capabilities of the Altima, racing from 26th to 16th in Race 11 (Sunday's first race).

While Moffat was pleased with his top 10 points' haul, his Norton 360 Racing teammate Michael Caruso was disappointed not to be able to build on his encouraging 11th-place finish in Race 10 (Saturday's race). The Sydney-born driver suffered from two pit lane mishaps in Sunday's races, leaving him to record a 25th and a ‘DNF’ in the two races.

For the Jack Daniel's Nissan Altimas, Todd and Rick Kelly were encouraged by their race pace, but rued lowly qualifying positions that ultimately cost them better results.

Rick Kelly's consistency has seen him remain in a competitive 16th place in the championship race.

Both of Sunday's races were won by three-time V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup.

History will be made in the next event of the V8 Supercars Championship when the 28 cars head to Austin, Texas for the Austin 400 at the Circuit of the Americas venue on May 17-19. It will be the first V8 Supercars event staged in North America.

James Moffat - #360 Norton Nissan Altima
“It has been a good weekend. To come away with three top-10s has made for a really solid event. The car was very good in all the races. It's a great racecar, and we know where our weaknesses are; the team is working as hard and as fast as it can to improve them. This is by far the best result that I've had here at Barbagallo. It's one of the hardest places on tires, which shows how well the chassis is performing. I had a good battle with GT (Garth Tander) in both of today's races, so to be racing against a former series' champion and someone of his calibre is very encouraging. I think with the ongoing development of the car, I see no reason why we can't be more of a threat up the front of the field. You don't want to count your chickens too early, but the signs are good.‘

Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“We just had a fair bit of drama getting the pace out of the car in qualifying. In the races we made a huge step forward compared to the rest of the year with the race pace and the car handling - and it was really the most comfortable I've been in the car in the race. It's just too difficult to make up that many positions. We managed to move from 26th to 16th - which was great. With a few more laps there would have been more again, and the same in the second race. We continued to move forward, but everything was stacked against us; the safety car didn't go our way, we got run off the track a couple of times and unfortunately the way the pit stops played out put us a fair way back. We can take a lot from that, but in qualifying we need to improve on getting a little bit more out of the car - and myself - and then we'll start to see some really good results.‘

Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“We changed the car a little bit for the last race but it didn't really help the issues we were having. Then I had a puncture early on in the race, so that put me a lap down and we just plain ran out of tires. We were still hanging on to the back of the field and attacked and passed guys at the end who had a better quality tire on, so there is a lot of potential there. We just need to have a good clean weekend and get it out of the car. It wasn't the best result, but certainly the car has got a fair bit left in it.‘

Michael Caruso - #36 Norton Nissan Altima
“We had a strong car this weekend and that showed in Saturday's race. Once the pit stop element came into the equation, it cost us good result. (James) Moffat did a fantastic job all weekend, running inside the top 10, and that's where the capability of our car is. We were running there in the last race, but a small mistake cost us the result. In such a short period between here and Texas, we need to assess our weaknesses because there are four compulsory pit stops there and we'll need to improve.‘

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[ Race Results ] - Race 10
Pos No Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 888 Holden Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 1:13'05.0890
2 1 Holden Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 1.8563
3 5 Ford Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford 1.9735
4 8 Holden Jason Bright Team BOC 4.8840
5 18 Ford Alex Davison Jeld-wen FPR Ford 8.9066
10 360 Nissan James Moffat Norton 360 Racing 13.9190
11 36 Nissan Michael Caruso Norton 360 Racing 14.0785
20 7 Nissan Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 27.5420
26 15 Nissan Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 1Lap
[ Race Results ] - Race 11
Pos No Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 1 Holden Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 43'38.5140
2 8 Holden Jason Bright Team BOC 0.7530
3 5 Ford Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford 2.8805
4 14 Holden Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 4.4060
5 6 Ford Will Davison Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford 4.8088
10 360 Nissan James Moffat Norton 360 Racing 15.4723
16 15 Nissan Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 20.5104
17 7 Nissan Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 22.6374
25 36 Nissan Michael Caruso Norton 360 Racing 33.9247
[ Race Results ] - Race 12
Pos No Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 1 Holden Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 46'16.0085
2 888 Holden Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 1.5723
3 8 Holden Jason Bright Team BOC 5.6863
4 6 Ford Will Davison Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford 6.1192
5 55 Ford David Reynolds The Bottle-O FPR Ford 7.4265
8 360 Nissan James Moffat Norton 360 Racing 10.7041
18 15 Nissan Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 17.9463
21 7 Nissan Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 20.0075
- 36 Nissan Michael Caruso Norton 360 Racing DNF

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