D’Alberto re-signs Wood for endurance races
Tony D’Alberto Racing has confirmed Dale Wood as the team’s co-driver for the 2012 V8 Supercars endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst.
It will be the second year in a row that Wood will drive with D’Alberto after the pair took a solid ninth place in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 last year.
Team owner Al D’Alberto said the team’s need for continuity was an important factor in bringing Wood back for 2012.
“Dale fitted in really well last year and did a good job at both endurance events. He delivered on our expectations and we didn’t hesitate in re-signing him for this year,” said D’Alberto.
“We’re very much of the mindset at TDR that continuity is the key ingredient needed for success, be it with drivers, staff or commercial partners. We enjoyed some strong performances in patches last year and we expect to see improvement in 2012.”
Team driver Tony D’Alberto believes the pair form a strong and reliable combination.
“Dale fitted in seamlessly last year and it felt like he was on the same page from day one,” he said.
“We enjoy working together and last year’s efforts will provide us with much of the groundwork for this year’s events.”
Wood will drive the #3 TDR Falcon at Sandown this Saturday.
In other TDR news, the team has confirmed that its 2012 livery won’t be unveiled until the Clipsal 500, preferring to roll out with a clean-skin at this Saturday’s open test day at Sandown.
The team is yet to secure a major sponsor after it split with last year’s backer Wilson Security.
“Like a couple of other teams, our preference is to go about our testing this weekend and then release our livery prior to the opening event of the year,” said D’Alberto.
“We make no secret of the fact that we are actively seeking a naming rights sponsor, but it needs to be the right fit for the team and has to be a partner looking to grow with us for this year, and future years.
“We’re in the marketplace for a partner with a focus on building a brand with us.”
The team will continue to enjoy support from GB Galvanizing, plus other subsidiary sponsors.