D'ALBERTO WINS NON-EVENT! Tony D'Alberto scored his first ever V8 Supercar victory in an incident shortened HPDC V8 Supercars Race 2 today at Mt Panorama Bathurst. Celebrations however, were short lived as officials announced the race would be...
D'ALBERTO WINS NON-EVENT!
Tony D'Alberto scored his first ever V8 Supercar victory in an incident shortened HPDC V8 Supercars Race 2 today at Mt Panorama Bathurst. Celebrations however, were short lived as officials announced the race would be declared a no-race due to not enough racing laps being completed.
Tony led the race from part way through lap one when he came from third to first after Dean Canto shot off the circuit coming into The Chase and he passed Mark Porter exiting The Chase. Other incidents caused the safety car to come out.
The track was wet t the top of the mountain and dry at the bottom, officials deciding to red flag the race and give competitors the opportunity to fit wet tyres before a grided re-start (Tony from grid 1). The weather seemed to be clearing and all competitors stayed on dry tyres.
Tony led the re-start once again and looked comfortable in what turned out to be very wet conditions at the top of the mountain. Before another lap was completed another serious accident brought about the end of the race.
Officials then declared that not enough laps were completed for the results to stand. Meeting positions were then allocated from Race 1, which Tony came third.
Had the race been counted Tony would have won the round.
"It is pretty disappointing to end the meeting like this," Tony said.
"I was comfortable out there in the wet and am confident I could have taken the win over the full distance.
"I was well up on my nearest competitors in the series and it has cost me a lot of points from the respect that those guys will lose nothing from poor results in Race 2.
"The team did an awesome job this weekend and I just want to thank them for all the work this weekend.
"All I can do is look forward to Phillip Island and keep focused on trying to get into the top three of the series points," he said.