Ahead of his upcoming co-driving duties in the Pirtek Enduro Cup, Tony D’Alberto has confirmed that he is drawing closer to a full-time return to the V8 Supercars Championship.
D’Alberto’s eponymous single-car team was forced to close its doors at the end of the 2013 championship season, which was ironically the best of his career. The decision to close came amid a sponsorship crunch which also saw Triple F Racing and one-half of the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsports teams forced to shut down.
Despite a number of last-ditch efforts to put together a tie-up with the Tekno Autosports team, D’Alberto was unable to pull a package together to keep him on the 2014 grid. Instead he’s had to be content with a co-driver berth alongside Tim Slade in the SuperCheap Auto Racing
All three outfits handed by their Racing Entitlements Contracts to V8 Supercars, which subsequently put the three racing licenses out to tender to return next year’s grid to a full field of 28 cars. All interested REC applicants had to submit their expressions of interest to V8 Supercars by 1 August.
With its REC yet to be sold, TDR is understood to have put in an application and can technically reacquire its license to return to the fray – minus a penalty fee to the series – although acceptance of its entry will be subject to being able to demonstrate to the V8 Supercars Board that it has a strong financial package in place to avoid a repeat of its closure.
“We’re working very feverishly to get ourselves back into the field again next year,” D’Alberto told the Speed Café website.
“I’d say we’re pretty close to having something to announce.”
While declining to go into specifics, it is understood that D’Alberto is well on the path to locking away a sponsorship package and securing a deal to have his TDR entry (if approved) partner with another established team, most likely to be Tekno.
“I’d like to be basically there to just drive the race car and not really be involved in the other sides of the business,” he added.
“If we can link up with a team like Tekno, which we’ve spoken about before, with a really good team-mate I’m sure I’ll improve and we’ll get better results.
“Running our own team isn’t on the cards for the future, we want to be in an established team that can win races.”
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