Tim Slade and Tony D’Alberto have made a strong start to this year’s V8 Supercars endurance season, taking out sixth at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 in the Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore.
D’Alberto got a great start from sixth position and moved up a spot on the opening lap, maintaining the position until the end of his 54-lap stint.
He handed the #47 Supercheap Commodore to regular driver Slade, who continued to push until the end, crossing the line in sixth.
Slade said the strong result marks a leap forward for Supercheap Auto Racing.
“It was a great, solid result today and a good start to the enduros,” Slade said.
“The last few rounds have been challenging, but the #47 Commodore was consistent all weekend and the best it’s been for a while.
“It was definitely a team effort. Tony did an awesome job all weekend, the strategy was spot on and the pitstops were seamless.”
D’Alberto leaves the Sandown 500 with increased excitement and conviction about the upcoming Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
“Sandown has been a big confidence boost heading into Bathurst 1000,” he said.
“This weekend is evidence of how far we’ve come. We’ve got a bit more speed to unlock, but all the elements are there and we’re close to the front.
“I can’t wait to give it a red hot crack at Mt Panorama.”
Slade has jumped three positions in the V8 Supercars points and heads into Australia’s Great Race in 12th, just 14 points off McLaughlin.
The Supercheap Auto Racing Bathurst 1000 takes place 8-11 October.
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