Tony D’Alberto Racing has announced that Nick Percat will team up with Tony D’Alberto in this year’s V8 Supercars endurance races.
Percat, who finished third overall on his Carrera Cup debut at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide last weekend, is still contracted to Walkinshaw Racing and will partner D’Alberto in the #3 Walkinshaw-built Team HIFLEX Commodore VF.
“To walk into TDR, it feels like I’m walking into home. I feel very comfortable here,” said Nick Percat.
“It’s exactly like being at HRT. I know the engineers, I know the mechanics and I get along with Tony very well. We trained together a lot over the years and we both have the same goal.
“TDR is a single car team, so it’s a lot different to where I’ve been, but there are a lot of things that is going to make it a very easy transition into the team.
“As Tony proved in Adelaide, he is fast and consistent and doesn’t make mistakes. He has great qualifying pace too. The cars have shown good initial pace, so I’m thinking we should be a contender.”
D’Alberto says the addition of Percat to the squad is an exciting signing, given the former Bathurst winner’s speed, experience and race winning form.
“It’s great news for our team to have Nick drive alongside me,” said D’Alberto.
“He is a young guy, and with his two years of experience in the Bathurst 1000 will make him a great asset to our team. He’s been in the Walkinshaw Racing system for many years, which is a huge bonus for us.
“It’s great that he’s doing Carrera Cup this year. It’s going to keep him race fit and I’m very confident that we’ll be a strong combination come the endurance races.”
Percat will join Team HIFLEX at its test days and co-driver practices at selected V8 Supercars events.