Nick Moss, a gentleman driver who enjoys challenges


Nick Moss has been since 2020 one of the most successful gentlemen drivers in the International GT Open and is intentioned to increase his success tally. At the wheel of the McLaren 720S shared with Joe Osborne and taken care of by Optimum Motorsport under the Inception Racing banner, the 49-year-old Brit has come third in the Pro-Am standings both in 2020 and 2021, collecting 6 race wins in total, of which two were overall wins. Last year, his bid for the class title was frustrated by an unlucky accident in Race 1 at Spa that forced him to miss three more races because of a back injury.

For this year, Nick’s package will not change: “There are no reasons to change, I have always driven McLaren cars and I am very happy with them, Optimum Motorsport is a very good and solid team and there is a great deal of loyalty with Joe, who is a McLaren factory driver. What may change though is that we could choose to run in the Pro category this year. We have been often fighting at the very front, so why not try to be ambitious and go for overall podiums and wins? It would be a nice objective”.

The prospect is indicative of the competitive spirit of Nick, also proven by the fact that his preferred way to prepare for races is … karting. “I now live and work mostly in Monaco”, he explains, “and 2-3 times a week I like to race karts. I am mad about karting, it’s the purest form of racing and ideal for training.”

With no doubt, Moss has found happiness in GT3 racing: “I find GT3 cars are definitely the ultimate racing cars. Anything below is under-powered and GTE outrageously expensive.” He seems similarly happy with the series: “The mantra of GT Open should be “best circuits, best tyres, fastest BoP” because that’s what it offers. The tracks are the ‘big ones', the Michelin tyres are unrivalled and the performance level is the highest among GT3 series. On top of, there is a family atmosphere, without the show-off, you often see elsewhere, and the GT Sport people know how to run things smoothly. The only bad thing is that the season only kicks-off end of April... it’s tough to wait that long!”