V8SDS: Tony D'Alberto Racing Queensland preview

TDR'S DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD Tony D'Alberto Racing will field two cars for the first time in its attack on the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this weekend at Queensland Raceway. D'Alberto will be looking for a strong result this weekend to reflect the...

TDR'S DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

Tony D'Alberto Racing will field two cars for the first time in its attack on the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this weekend at Queensland Raceway.

D'Alberto will be looking for a strong result this weekend to reflect the Holden Young Lion's speed at the first two rounds this year.

"We have had really good race-pace this year, but a few incidents have meant the results have not shown it," Tony said.

"I will be looking to improve on my qualifying at Queensland Raceway, and if I can do that then it will help me out in the races."

After campaigning a single car in 2005 the opportunity arose for a second driver in 2006 when Tony D'Alberto stepped out of his existing VY Commodore and into the team's newly purchased VZ Commodore.

The team VY Commodore will be raced by talented West Australian Mark McNally in his first foray into the v8 Supercars category. The 24 year-old from Scarborough in Perth has been a solid competitor in Formula Ford for the past few seasons.

"Having Mark in the team is great," Tony said.

"For the first time we will be able to share set-up data to make both cars faster," he said.

"This is a big step from Formula Ford," McNally said.

"I am taking things one step at a time and will be happy to get the first meeting out of the way without major incident.

"I am feeling pretty comfortable in the car now that I have some testing at Winton under my belt, but nothing will compare to the experience of racing.

"The learning curve is going to be pretty steep this year, and we should be positioned well for the 2007 series," he said.

Team Manager Al D'Alberto has been happy with Mark's progress so far.

"Mark has done everything asked of him to date," Al said.

"He has built up his speed and confidence in the car through testing and I think he is well equipped to head into this weekend's racing.

"It will be a busy weekend for us, but we have a great team of guys working with us, two good cars, and competent drivers," he said.

-www.tonyd.com.au

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