Tony D'Alberto has replaced Paul Dumbrell … just for a day.
D'Alberto said he was grateful for the chance to return to Bottle-O colours for the day.
“It was nice of them to ask me to help out and I was more than happy to help out,” D'Alberto told Speedcafe.com.
“PD has some business commitments today, so it made sense for me to drive his car. We have a very similar driving position.
“It's just another way of building on the relationship our team has with Ford Performance Racing. We didn't have a great run at Queensland Raceway, but I know everyone is working hard to fix that for the endurance races.”
This is not the first time that D'Alberto has had a presence with Bottle-O Racing. In 2008 and 2009, Tony D'Alberto Racing prepared the Rod Nash Racing V8 entry, with major backing from The Bottle-O.
D'Alberto's team now has its own V8 entry, competing in a Ford Performance Racing-built Falcon, the same team that runs The Bottle-O Racing Falcon.
Dumbrell's endurance driver Dean Canto is also at the ride day, getting his final laps in the Falcon before the L&H 500 Phillip Island in three weeks time.