Liuzzi and D’Alberto bond over GC dinner

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Wednesday 19th October, 2011 - 9:45am

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Tony D'Alberto (back left) and Vitantonio Liuzzi join Joan and Colin Taylor for dinner at Shuck

Tony D'Alberto (back left) and Vitantonio Liuzzi join Joan and Colin Taylor for dinner at Shuck

HRT F1 Team driver, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Tony D’Alberto kicked off their Armor All Gold Coast 600 week in style at Shuck Restaurant and Bar, Main Beach – with a bonding dinner – a surprise for star spotters.

The relaxed dinner with the Wilson Security Racing duo was part of a competition run jointly between the Gold Coast Bulletin and Shuck Restaurant, won by Gold Coaster, Colin Taylor – who moved to Main Beach to be closer to the GC600 track.

It also gave D’Alberto and Liuzzi – who arrived straight from the Korean Grand Prix – the opportunity to get to know each other ahead of this week’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 – with D’Alberto keen to increase the Italian F1 star’s Australian vernacular!

“The dinner was great,” said D’Alberto. “To come to Shuck – one of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants and have a nice and relaxed dinner with Vitantonio was the perfect way to kick off our Armor All Gold Coast 600 week.

“He’s a very cool guy, he’s been to the Gold Coast before and enjoys his time in Australia. I think he’s going to do a great job for us this weekend.”

“Bloody oath mate!” Liuzzi responded – D’Alberto’s slang lessons clearly taking effect. “I can’t wait to get into the V8 Supercar this weekend, whilst it’s an off weekend for me in F1 terms, I take every time I get into the car very seriously.”

The Bulletin prize winner enjoyed the experience.

“It’s great to have this opportunity,” said Taylor. “During a race weekend for Vitantonio normally, he wouldn’t do something like this, so for the Bulletin and the Gold Coast 600 to offer such a prize is most appreciated.”

Prior to returning to the Marriott Hotel, Liuzzi was taken on a lap of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 track and was stunned at how tight it was in some places.

The pair enjoyed a number of Shuck’s signature dishes – including the world renowned Crab Lasagne – a special order for the duo – combining the best of local seafood with an Italian theme, along with Robert Oatley wines.

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