Tony D'Alberto Racing is still trying to finalise its future on the V8 Supercars grid next year

Tony D’Alberto Racing will not run as a single-car operation in next year’s V8 Supercars Championship.

The team’s figureheads are instead looking to merge it with an established operation, but key to being able to do so will, as always, come down to how much funding the small Victorian team can secure.

TDR was one of three of this year’s entries that has not submitted its Racing Entitlements Contract before the December 1 cut-off, but it is currently chasing enough sponsorship to allow it to run in some form next year.

The team – which has operated on limited funding for a number of seasons – now faces two possible choices to keep going.

One school of thought is to merge its operation with the TEKNO Autosports team, which is now a single-car entity after the Paul Morris-owned REC it had leased for the past two years was sold to Dick Johnson Racing.

The other option is for TDR to sell up its REC and take a commercial package to Brad Jones Racing, which has a vacant seat in its third car following the departure of David Wall.

Tony D’Alberto enjoyed the best season of his V8 Supercars Championship career to-date, finishing sixteenth in the standings with a pair of fourth-placed finishes at Winton and the Gold Coast being the biggest highlights.

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