GRM brings in major reinforcements for TCR

Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) has signed another big name to its ranks with James Moffat to join Kiwi Chris Pither for the inaugural TCR Australia Series season.

Behind the wheel of the Renault Megane RS TCR, the current Supercars Championship endurance driver adds a heap of depth to GRM’s TCR arm, making the team one of the most experienced in the field.

Boasting a solid result that includes multiple Supercars race wins and podium placings at the iconic Bathurst 1000 in 2014, Moffat was happy to finally confirm his position in TCR Australia.

“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,” Moffat said.

“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.”

The announcement is a home-coming of sorts for the Victorian, after recently competing full-time in the Supercars Championship with GRM.

“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,” Moffat added.

“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 (Pither), so between the two of us and the team, we should be competitive and fighting at the front of the field.”

With Moffat the seventh driver to be named for the new series, GRM director Barry Rogers was thrilled to sign a driver of Moffat’s experience to the team alongside 2018 Super2 Series winner Pither and youngster Jimmy Vernon.

“We welcome James back and we are looking forward to seeing what he and Chris Pither can do in the two Renault Méganes,” Rogers said.

“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’s first round of the 2019 will form part of the Shannons Nationals’ season opener visit to Sydney Motorsport Park on 17-19 May and will be broadcast live, free and in HD on SBS.

Tickets for the opening round are available to purchase now, with CAMS members allowed free entry into the historic event.