The V8 Supercars return to Eastern Creek for the Sydney Motorsport Park 360 this weekend, and Team HIFLEX driver Tony D’Alberto says that he is looking forward to the new challenge.
The shortened two-day race meeting marks the first time in four years that the V8 Supercars have raced at to the western Sydney track.
With the meeting compressed into the shorter format, and the allocation of just two brand-new Dunlop soft tyres for the two races, teams will have to be on their toes, given their minimal practice times before qualifying and the races.
Before Saturday’s first race, D’Alberto is attending the launch of a new HIFLEX Mobile Hose Service facility at Huntingwood, New South Wales.
The new HIFLEX facility is, literally, around the corner from the Sydney Motorsport Park.
Practice, qualifying and race sessions will be held on both Saturday and Sunday.
TONY D’ALBERTO (driver)
“I think it’s great that we’re going back to Eastern Creek. It’s a very challenging circuit, and the format is going to be just as challenging,” said Tony D’Alberto.
“The shortened meeting gives you less time to prepare and practice, and we’ve never been there with this car. We have no real set-up history, so hopefully the car rolls our pretty good. I’m pretty confident that it will.
“One of the real challenging things is to select how to use your tyres over the weekend. With only two sets of soft tyres, it’s going to be crucial to nail it. If you get it right, you’ll look like a hero, but if you get it wrong, you’ll be at the back, simple as that.”
AL D’ALBERTO (team owner)
“It’s good for our team to be heading back to Sydney Motorsport Park. The race meeting has worked out well, in terms of our major sponsor HIFLEX opening a new store today, just around the corner from the race track,” said Al D’Alberto.
“HIFLEX has a lot of staff and customers in the western Sydney area, so they are taking the race pretty serious with corporate guests and a ride day on Monday. It’s a big few days for them.
“And we’re aiming to put the #3 Team HIFLEX Ford right up the front of the field.”