V8 Supercars driver/owner Tony D’Alberto has confirmed he has acquired a new sponsor and will be switching from Holden to Ford in 2011.
Australian company Wilson Security will continue its team sponsorship commitments, but has jumped ship to another team for the second time in two seasons, moving from Stone Brothers Racing to D’Alberto’s outfit, having also spent the 2009 as the sponsor of Paul Cruickshank Racing in 2009.
D’Alberto’s outfit ran a Holden Commodore under the Centaur Racing moniker in 2010, with the 25-year-old finishing a career-best 20th in the series’ Drivers’ Championship standings, with a best finish of seventh at the second race in Adelaide.
After winning the V8 Development Series title in 2007, D’Alberto is yet to achieve major success at the top-flight of the V8 Supercars scene.
The change will see D’Alberto’s team run as ‘Wilson Security Racing’ in 2011, but D’Alberto won’t switch from the Holden Commodore to the ex-FPR Ford Falcon until after the season-opener at Abu Dhabi.
“Wilson Security has proven to be a fantastic supporter of Australian motor racing, especially in V8 Supercars, and I’m looking forward to driving the Wilson Security entry in 2011,” D’Alberto said when confirming the announcement.
“[Wilson Security] are very big on backing emerging drivers, the young guys coming through the pack. This will be our second season with our own team, so we see ourselves as a growing operation with a view to building success and it’s good to have Wilson Security join us as a key partner in doing that,” he added.
[Original images via Bleacher Report and Zimbio]
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- Wednesday, 12 January 2011