Tony D'Alberto

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Tony D'Alberto
Tony D'Alberto at the 2007 Bathurst 1000.jpg
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australian
Born9 December 1985 (1985-12-09) (age 34)
Melbourne, Victoria
Supercars Record
Car number12
Current team DJR Team Penske
(Endurance Race Co-Driver)
Series championships0
Races200
Race wins0
Podium finishes2
Pole positions0
2019 Championship position35th (462 pts)

Antonio "Tony" D'Alberto (born 9 December 1985) is an Australian professional racing driver. He currently drives the No. 12 Ford Mustang GT for DJR Team Penske as a co-driver alongside Fabian Coulthard in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

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Racing career

Formula Ford

D'Alberto began his career in the early 2000s running a Formula Ford in his home state of Victoria, making a brief appearance in the 2002 Australian Formula Ford Championship.

V8 Supercar Development Series

2003 saw D'Alberto venture into V8Supercars for the first time, stepping into a John Faulkner Racing Commodore at the third round of the second tier Konica V8 Supercar Series held at Eastern Creek Raceway. In just his sixth race he had climbed into the top ten at Phillip Island and finished his first partial season with a fifth place overall at the series final at Mallala Motor Sport Park.

Joining the Independent Racing Cars team for 2004 D'Alberto evolved into a regular top ten runner, but podiums eluded him as he raced to eighth place in the championship. That first podium came, though, on the biggest stage at the non-championship round held as a support race for the 2004 Bathurst 1000, driving a Ford Falcon for the first and thus far only time he gave his temporary Howard Racing team a third-place finish.

Tony D'Alberto Racing was formed around the developing racer and a serious attempt for the champion was run for the first time in the 2005 season and he claimed third places at the Adelaide Street Circuit, Eastern Creek and Bathurst rounds of the championship on his way to fifth place. His form, however, did translate to his first invite to race in the main series endurance races and he stepped into the second Tasman Motorsport Commodore but did not finish either enduro.

2006 was frustrating for D'Alberto as the team expanded to a second car for Mark McNally but slid backwards and apart from again starring at the Bathurst round, heading for the familiar third place, was absent from the Fujitsu Series podiums, although the enduros this year saw him join the championship winning team HSV Dealer Team although a confused driver swapping situation with Holden Racing Team saw D'Alberto deposited into the combined squads fourth car and results were not strong.

Series champion

2007 would see a season long battle between a revitalised Tony D'Alberto Racing team and the big new team in the Fujitsu series, the Jim Morton run Ford team, Ford Rising Stars Racing and its lead driver Michael Caruso. Second at the Adelaide Clipsal 500 round lead to his first race win at Wakefield Park Raceway in the third race of the weekend, which also gave him his first round win, and the points lead as Caruso faltered. Consistent seconds and a third at Winton gave D'Alberto another round win, but Queensland Raceway was a miss-step and Caruso gained ground. Owen Kelly took over the Oran Park Raceway round as D'Alberto slid to sixth for the round but it was worse for Caruso. Bathurst, too, was a mixed result, but Caruso gained ground as Luke Youlden took the win. At the Phillip Island finale Caruso reigned supreme but a late race collision with Dale Wood saw D'Alberto limp to the line for the first race in ninth place. A repaired Commodore raced home to fifth position, more than enough to secure the crown despite Caruso's race win. [1]

In the 2007 enduro season might have looked modest as D'Alberto joined the smallest team in the series, the Independent Race Cars run Rod Nash Racing Commodore driven by Steve Owen. Eleventh place had been a good result at the 2007 Sandown 500 but the team starred at Bathurst. Despite the team's relative lack of resources they were involved in the fight at the fringe of the lead pack in the desperate, rain-affected final stage of the race and Owen brought the car home in a superb sixth position.

Supercars Championship

Tony D'Alberto Racing ran under the Rod Nash Racing franchise for the team's first assault on the V8 Supercar Championship Series in 2008, fulfilling the team's long held ambitions. While a long running court case over past ownership of the No. 55 franchise threw some doubt over the team's entry in that series, [2] it was able to compete in all events in the 2008 championship.

In 2013, under the new Car Of The Future rules, D'Alberto drove the Walkinshaw Racing-backed No. 3 VF Commodore under the standalone team of Tony D'Alberto Racing. Although his success was limited, with his best race results being a 4th at Winton, and a 4th at Surfers Paradise (with co-driver Jonny Reid), D'Alberto finished the Championship season in 16th place, his best result yet.

In 2014, due to insufficient sponsorship and funding, Tony D'Alberto Racing sold their car and equipment to Walkinshaw Racing, leaving D'Alberto without a full-time drive. D'Alberto will drive with Walkinshaw Racing's Tim Slade, as co-driver of the No. 47 VF Commodore in the enduro races in 2014.

In 2016 Tony will be joining Scott Pye in No. 17 as co-driver at DJR Penske FG X Falcon for the enduro series (Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast) of the V8 Supercar Championship.

Career results

The Ford FG Falcon of D'Alberto at the 2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Ford FG Falcon of Tony D'Alberto 2012.JPG
The Ford FG Falcon of D'Alberto at the 2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
The Holden VF Commodore of D'Alberto at the 2013 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Holden VF Commodore of Tony D'Alberto 2013.JPG
The Holden VF Commodore of D'Alberto at the 2013 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
SeasonSeriesPositionCarTeam
2002Victorian Formula Ford Championship3rd Mygale SJ00 Tony D'Alberto Racing
Australian Formula Ford Championship 22nd
2003 Konica V8 Supercar Series 21st Holden VX Commodore Holden Young Lions
Victorian Formula Ford Championship21st Mygale SJ00 Tony D'Alberto Racing
2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series 8th Holden VX Commodore Independent Racing Cars Australia
2005 HPDC V8Supercar Championship Series 5th Holden VY Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 6th Holden VZ Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
V8 Supercar Championship Series 53rd HSV Dealer Team
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 1st Holden VZ Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
V8 Supercar Championship Series 28th Rod Nash Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 25th Holden VE Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 24th Holden VE Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 20th Holden VE Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 26th Holden VE Commodore
Ford FG Falcon
Tony D'Alberto Racing
2012 V8SuperTourer Championship 22nd Holden VE Commodore AV8 Motorsport
International V8 Supercars Championship 23rd Ford FG Falcon Tony D'Alberto Racing
2013 V8SuperTourer Championship 36th Ford FG Falcon Cunningham Racing
International V8 Supercars Championship 16th Holden VF Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
2014 Australian GT Championship 6th Ferrari 458 Italia DeFelice Homes & IL Bello Rosso
International V8 Supercars Championship 39th Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2015 Australian GT Championship 7th Ferrari 458 Italia Maranello Motorsport
International V8 Supercars Championship 36th Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2016 Australian Endurance Championship 13th Ferrari 458 Italia
Audi R8 LMS
Maranello Motorsport
International V8 Supercars Championship 36th Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 27th Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 36th Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske
2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 35th Ford Mustang GT DJR Team Penske

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

YearTeamCarCo-driverPositionLaps
2005 Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore VZ Flag of New Zealand.svg Fabian Coulthard DNF108
2006 HSV Dealer Team Holden Commodore VZ Flag of Australia (converted).svg Anthony Tratt DNF93
2007 Rod Nash Racing Holden Commodore VZ Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steve Owen 6th161
2008 Rod Nash Racing Holden Commodore VE Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Bargwanna DNF159
2009 Rod Nash RacingHolden Commodore VE Flag of Australia (converted).svg Andrew Thompson 10th161
2010 Tony D'Alberto Racing Holden Commodore VE Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shane Price DNF38
2011 Tony D'Alberto Racing Ford Falcon FG Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dale Wood 9th161
2012 Tony D'Alberto RacingFord Falcon FG Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dale WoodDNF122
2013 Tony D'Alberto Racing Holden Commodore VF Flag of New Zealand.svg Jonny Reid 24th149
2014 Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore VF Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Slade DNF102
2015 Walkinshaw RacingHolden Commodore VF Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Slade14th161
2016 DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Pye 5th161
2017 DJR Team PenskeFord Falcon FG X Flag of New Zealand.svg Fabian Coulthard3rd161
2018 DJR Team PenskeFord Falcon FG X Flag of New Zealand.svg Fabian Coulthard9th161
2019 DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang Mk.6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Fabian Coulthard21st161
2020 DJR Team PenskeFord Mustang Mk.6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Fabian Coulthard

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References

  1. D'Alberto Wins Fujitsu Series [ permanent dead link ] GMAC Racing retrieved on 30 January 2008
  2. A full field Archived 21 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine motorsport enews retrieved on 29 January 2008
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Adam Macrow
Winner of the Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series
2007
Succeeded by
Steve Owen