James Moffat will race a Renault Mégane RS TCR for Garry Rogers Motorsport in the inaugural TCR Australia series this year, partnering Chris Pither in one of the Vuković Motorsport-developed cars.
Moffat is a highly-experienced Ausatralian tin-top racer, having spent seven years between 2011 and 2017 as a full-time racer in the Supercars championship. Last year he continued to race in the series at selected endurance events.
The 34-year-old has driven for numerous top teams in Australia, including Dick Johnson Racing, Nissan Motorsport, and GRM in recent years.
The two-time Supercars race winner becomes the seventh driver to be confirmed in TCR Australia this year, with the series expecting up to 18 cars for its first race in mid-May.
“The TCR Series has been something I’ve been keeping a close eye on and I’m really pleased to have got the deal across the line to race the Renault with Garry Rogers Motorsport,” said Moffat.
“I was involved in the TCR launch at Sydney. I had the chance to sample one of the cars on that day and was impressed by what I saw and what I felt.
“It’s a category that is clearly growing worldwide and I’m confident that it has some great potential in our local market.
“Naturally, it’s exciting to be involved in the first season of the new series, and to be driving one the of Renaults is going to be good fun.
“It’s great to be reunited with the guys and girls at GRM as well. Having driven full time in 2016 and 2017, I know them really well, there’s lots of familiar faces so it will be pretty easy to slot back in and get on with things.
“In terms of results, I’m keeping an open mind, but working with a team that has plenty of experience should play into our hands.
“We’ll all be learning on the run, but I’ve got a good experienced team-mate in Chris, so between the two of us and the team, we should be competitive and fighting at the front of the field.”
GRM Team Principal Barry Rogers expects Moffat to fight for wins with the team, reuniting a partnership that last worked together in 2017.
“We welcome James back and we are looking forward to seeing what he and Chris Pither can do in the two Renault Méganes,” said Rogers.
“When James drove for us, he did a really good job. We know he can drive. He goes about his job in a methodical way.
“He is not out there to make friends – he wants to win races and do the best for the team so we are pleased to have him back.
“It’s great to have drivers of his calibre in the series. The level of competition in TCR Australia is going to be really tough, so having someone like James in our corner is a real bonus.”
TCR Australia gets underway at the Sydney Motorsport Park on 17 – 19 May.