24 August 2021 |

TCR Australia has “gone up a massive level”

The level of performance by both teams and drivers in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia has risen significantly compared to its maiden season according to inaugural series runner up Tony D’Alberto.

“It’s definitely gone up a massive level since the first year of the series and it’s tougher,” D’Alberto summarised.

“We’ve got to strive to do a better job.”

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Five out of the six drivers to win a Supercheap Auto TCR Australia race this season are new to the category, while rookie Chaz Mostert leads the title from teammate and fellow newcomer Luke King.

D’Alberto won a three-way shootout for second at The Bend Motorsport Park finale two years ago, but now sits ninth in the 2021 standings after a mixed start campaign up to this point.

“There’s been rounds where we’ve done a good job and others where we haven’t capitalised as well so we haven’t always done the best job we could,” D’Alberto reflected.

“That’s the level the sport is at these days, with great drivers and great teams you do have to be on your game.”

The winner of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia’s first Astrontech Pole Position award on the category’s debut at Sydney Motorsport Park in 2019, D’Alberto is yet to take a race victory in the series. He hopes Wall Racing and Honda’s good form at the venue will change this stat, emulating teammate John Martin’s maiden win during the category’s first trip to the circuit.

“Absolutely, I need to get the monkey off the back,” D’Alberto said.

“From a Honda point of view, straight line is probably not our strength so going to The Bend Motorsport Park will help us in some ways rather than going Sandown.

“If things are in your favour, you go to a track that you enjoy, the BoP is good, the car set-up is good and generally suits the traits of your car. Like (Michael) Caruso for instance, he’s had a few rough rounds but goes out and wins the last race at Sydney Motorsport Park.”

The next rounds of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will be held at The Bend Motorsport Park on October 15-17.