Nissan Motorsport has announced that James Moffat will leave the team at the end of the V8 Supercars Championship season, ahead of an expected switch to the factory Volvo Polestar Racing GRM outfit.
Thirty-one-year-old Moffat has spent the past three seasons racing for the Japanese carmaker, scoring its two best results with the marque’s sole victory (since its series return) at Winton in 2013 and a second-placed finish at last year’s Bathurst 1000 alongside co-driver Taz Douglas.
While a lack of sponsorship has been cited as the reason for Moffat’s departure, the second-generation racer is hotly tipped to join the factory Volvo squad to replace the struggling David Wall, whose future with the team has been the subject of ongoing speculation in recent months. That announcement is expected in the coming weeks.
Should he be signed, it will give the Garry Rogers-run squad its first truly competitive driver pairing since the Swedish carmaker joined the championships. While young New Zealander Scott McLaughlin has starred with a number of strong performances over the past two seasons, his teammates Robert Dahlgren (2014) and Wall have both struggled in comparison.
Moffat’s expected appointment in place of Wall should not affect GRM’s naming rights sponsorship from Wilson Security, which has been a long-time backer of Wall – the outfit has a two-year deal with the company.
As for Moffat’s replacement at Nissan, the well-backed Dale Wood – currently racing in his second year with Brad Jones Racing – is considered to be among possible contenders for the seat in the team’s fourth Altima.
The team’s other three cars will be driven by Nissan Motorsport co-owners Todd and Rick Kelly and Nismo-backed Michael Caruso in 2016.
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