Tony D'Alberto Racing (TDR) has gone for consistency in its 2012 endurance campaign with the announcement that co-driver Dale Wood will join the team again for the races at Sandown and Bathurst.
It will be the second year in a row that Wood will drive with Tony D'Alberto, the pair having teamed up at Bathurst last year and taking ninth place.
Team owner Al D'Alberto said the team's need for continuity was an important factor in bringing Wood back and believes the pair will again form a strong and reliable combination.
“Dale fitted in really well last year and did a good job at both endurance events. He delivered on our expectations and we didn't hesitate in re-signing him for this year,” said D'Alberto.
“We're very much of the mindset at TDR that continuity is the key ingredient needed for success, be it with drivers, staff or commercial partners.
We enjoyed some strong performances in patches last year and we expect to see improvement in 2012.”
TDR has also confirmed that its 2012 livery won't be unveiled until the Clipsal 500. The team is yet to secure a major sponsor after it split with last year's backer Wilson Security and will roll out with a clean-skin at this Saturday's open test day at Sandown.
“Like a couple of other teams, our preference is to go about our testing this weekend and then release our livery prior to the opening event of the year,” said Al D'Alberto.
“We make no secret of the fact that we are actively seeking a naming rights sponsor, but it needs to be the right fit for the team and has to be a partner looking to grow with us for this year, and future years.
“We're in the marketplace for a partner with a focus on building a brand with us.
“Most of our sponsors are entering a third year with us and it's that continuity that helps to produce long-term partnerships, and hopefully on-track success. We've spoken with a number of potential naming right partners about various opportunities, but it's not about grabbing any sponsor, it's about joining forces with the right sponsor.”
Wood will waste no time reacquainting himself with the team and is expected to spend some time behind the wheel of the #3 TDR Falcon at the pre-season test at Sandown on Saturday.