D'ALBERTO DENIED Tony D'Alberto was denied the chance at his first ever Round victory in Round 4 of the 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Oran Park on the weekend. Tony worked his way to a front row start in Sunday's final race after...
Tony D'Alberto was denied the chance at his first ever Round victory in Round 4 of the 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Oran Park on the weekend.
Tony worked his way to a front row start in Sunday's final race after qualifying seventh and finishing fourth in Race 1 and 12th in the reverse-grid Race 2.
"We struggled with set-up at the start of the weekend," Tony said.
"But by the end of the second race we had the car dialled in pretty good and I was looking forward to the final."
Tony once again got a lightning start and took the lead into the first turn from series leader Adam Macrow before proceeding to extend his lead to about ten car lengths.
It was after eight laps when Tony, holding onto his advantage over Shane Price in second place, received notice of a drive-through penalty from race officials.
"I couldn't believe it," Tony said.
"It just didn't make sense at all because I had done nothing that warranted a drive-through penalty."
"To take me out of contention when I had such a good opportunity to win the race and the round was very disappointing."
Team manager, Al D'Alberto conferred with officials trying to get clarity on both the rule and decision before Tony had to serve the drive-through penalty, but to no avail.
"Opportunities to win races and rounds are hard to come by but we will just have to push onto the next round," Al said.
"Tony and the team did everything possible to win this weekend and I am proud of their efforts."
Tony will test at Winton next week before heading to the Sandown 500 on September 2-3.