V8 Supercars driver Tony D’Alberto has been confirmed at Vicious Rumour Racing for the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, adding further strength to an already strong Ferrari lineup.
D’Alberto has a wealth of experience at Mount Panorama, with 10 Bathurst 1000 starts to his credit but will be making his 12-hour debut at the February 7-9 Event this year.
The Vicious Rumour team said they were impressed with D’Alberto’s speed, consistency and results across the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship.
The Victorian will now also be joined at the team by experienced V8 Supercar racer Dean Canto, who will replace Allesandro Balzan in the squad – the Italian forced to withdraw from the race due to logistical issues that could not be resolved.
D’Alberto said he was looking forward to making his 12-hour debut with a competitive team.
"I'm really excited to be joining Tony DeFelice and his team for the Bathurst 12 Hour," he said.
"I have always wanted to do the event, and when Tony called I couldn't refuse this exciting opportunity! I'm looking forward to testing the car later this month at Phillip Island.
"I had a seat fit the other day and the Ferrari 458 is clearly a weapon, so I can't wait to link up with the guys at Mount Panorama."
With Maranello Motorsport having already confirmed their drivers (Craig Lowndes, John Bowe, Mika Salo and Peter Edwards) and Clearwater Racing expected to add speedy Japanese driver Hiro Hamaguchi to their existing squad of Mok Weng Sung, Matt Griffin and Craig Baird, the Ferrari attack looks stronger than ever before this year.
AF Corse are also expected to confirm that their 2013 squad of Steve Wyatt, Michele Rugulo and Marco Cioci will also return after a strong ‘under the radar’ performance last year.
The addition of D’Alberto and Canto to the field add to the list of V8 Supercars stars confirmed to take the starter for the 2014 race.
Other either full-time or endurance series V8 Supercar drivers confirmed for the event include Craig Lowndes (Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 458), Jason Bright and Warren Luff in the Rod Salmon-entered Audi R8 LMS and David Russell (JBS Swift Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4).
Greg Murphy is set to return to the Mountain with Trofeo Motorsport in their Corvette C6R GT3 while Rick Kelly will lead the Nissan Athlete Global Team NISMO Nissan GTR GT3 team on their Bathurst debut.
Craig Baird returns to the Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458 GT3, Bathurst 1000 champion Steven Richards and 2013 Dunlop V8 Supercar series winner Dale Wood combine in the M Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo and Luke Youlden is listed as one of the ‘pro’ drivers amongst the three-car FIAT Abarth squad.
Additional V8 Supercar drivers are expected to be confirmed starters prior to the full entry list being released within the next fortnight.