Supercheap Auto Racing has confirmed that Tony D’Alberto will continue as co-driver to Tim Slade for the third-annual 2015 Pirtek Endurance Cup.
D’Alberto, a veteran of more than 180 V8 Supercars race starts, scored a career-best result this year – taking a maiden podium at the Gold Coast in October.
The 29-year-old said that continuing with Supercheap Auto Racing was a great step forward, given his results this year.
“I’m excited to continue with Supercheap Auto Racing as co-driver for the Pirtek Endurance Cup,” said D’Alberto.
“Although my preference would be for a full-time drive, it’s far better to be with a team that is capable of winning the sport’s biggest races.”
Supercheap Auto Racing driver Tim Slade said it was a great move for the team to continue with D’Alberto for 2015.
“Tony did a great job this year at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast – and I’m glad we’ll be together again next year,” Slade said.
Supercheap Auto Racing Managing Director Adrian Burgess said he was happy to see D’Alberto continue with the team, with consistency key to improved results.
“Tony did a fantastic job this year alongside Tim, and we are delighted that he’s continuing with us for next year,” Burgess said.
“We’re pushing hard to ensure that our results continue to improve into 2015 – and an unchanged driver line-up will give us further strength.”
Supercheap Auto Marketing Manager David Bauer said the signing of D’Alberto was an exciting omen for next season.
“Supercheap Auto Racing finished strongly in this year’s enduros with a podium and fourth place at the Gold Coast,” Bauer said.
“It’s fantastic that Tony D’Alberto will continue as enduro co-driver, given he raced brilliantly with Tim Slade this year. We look forward to watching this pairing developing into 2015.”
The 2015 V8 Supercars Championship gets underway with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from February 26.