26 February 2023 | General

James Moffat wins shortened Race 2 in National Trans Am

A large incident has forced has shortened the second Supercheap Auto Trans Am Series race at AWC Race Tasmania as James Moffat led a Garry Rogers Motorsport clean-sweep.

Ben Grice turned the tables off the start leading Moffat in the All American Driveline Mustang to take the lead on the opening lap, with Owen Kelly in the second Garry Rogers Motorsport entry running third.

Following a disappointing race yesterday, Lochie Dalton progressed to fourth, but had a hungry The Racing Academy Ford Mustang of Jaylyn Robotham eager to snatch his spot.

There was a touch at the front as Moffat contacted the rear of Grice exiting the hairpin, leaving the leader’s Ford with rear damage, but no rubbing tyre.

Movers and shakers during the early stages were the Pioneer DJ Chevrolet Camaro of Elliot Barbour and the NAPA Auto Parts Ford Mustang of Jett Johnson each up five places.

The safety car was needed after Tom Hayman and Tim Slade collided in the braking area of the hairpin, sending The Racing Academy Ford Mustang into the outside wall. This followed Slade losing his podium finish yesterday due to contact with Kelly in Race 1 and he was forced to retire, as was Hayman.

Grice continued to hold the lead at the restart, but the All American Driveline Mustang slowed at the penultimate corner allowing Moffat through. As Grice continued to limp around the circuit in front of the pits an unsighted James Simpson in the Cairns Plaza Hotel Dodge Challenger collided with the Mustang, resulting in the former rolling over.

Both drivers emerged from their cars unaided before receiving medical checks.

In the end Moffat led a GRM 1-2-3 from Kelly and Dalton.

Results to come.