Matt Halliday


New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday remains upbeat despite his recent disappointment at not recording a top ten placing in last weekend’s Super Cheap Auto 1000 kilometre race at the legendary Bathurst circuit in New South Wales. Partnering regular Australian V8 Supercars driver James Moffatt in the No. 18 Jim Beam Racing Ford Falcon FG, the duo battled their way up through the 29 car field from 17th starting position into top ten contention.

However, while holding a comfortable 9th place with less than an hour to run, a gearbox malfunction resulted in a lengthy pit stop. Outstanding work by the team mechanics enabled a return to the track to be classified in 25th place and gain valuable championship points for Moffat.

Although disappointed, Halliday could take some consolation at the duo’s overall performance as they held good race pace despite the mixed build up with constantly changing weather conditions:

"I was really happy with how James and myself got the No. 18 car straight up into the top 10 where we ran all day until the gearbox dramas. Without even completing a dry lap until the Sunday morning warmup, our pace was really strong and enabled us to be in a genuine 7th place during my last stint. It was a shame not to finish up front but that’s Bathurst as it’s a tough place” he said on his return to his Los Angeles base.

This year’s race was Halliday’s seventh Bathurst appearance with his best placing to date being 4th last year co-driving with Jason Bright.