Tony D’Alberto will revert to Holden power for the 2013 V8 Supercars season, with his eponymous racing stable joining forces with Walkinshaw Racing to create a four-car operation for the upcoming season.
The 27-year-old switched to a Ford Falcon chassis in the early stages of the 2011 season – using a chassis developed by Ford Performance Racing – and finished 23rd in the overall 2012 standings after an inconsistent year. His best race finish was an eighth-placed result.
The switch to Holden power is largely for commercial reasons, with D’Alberto’s family running a string of Holden dealerships, but no doubt Ford’s reduced involvement in the championship could also be a factor.
“We’re a big Holden family. Being a family-run team, that makes the family a little bit happier seeing me in a Holden over a Ford!” he quipped.
“We didn’t have a bad relationship with FPR at all. It just fits better with our business structure we have, with the family having Holden Dealerships. At least now we can market the dealership side of things a bit better than we have over the last couple of years.”
D’Alberto is hopeful that the tie-up with Walkinshaw Racing will yield better performance in 2013, particularly with the introduction of the new ‘Car of the Future’ designs this year.
“The big teams will be the ones that get on top of things quicker and that’s why we wanted to make sure we were still aligned with a big team. We probably couldn’t do it ourselves, it would be too hard and the development would not be as quick,” he added.
Walkinshaw Racing currently runs the factory-backed Holden Racing Team duo of Garth Tander and James Courtney, in addition to the SuperCheap Auto Racing entry of series veteran Russell Ingall.