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D’Alberto lauds change since Tassie TCR uproar

TONY D’Alberto stands by his decision to sit out a TCR Australia race in Tasmania and feels there has been some level of positive change since.

Controversy kicked off at the Symmons Plains round earlier this year when Race 1 was belatedly ruled a non-event but its results were used to set the reverse top 10 grid for Race 2 which then in turn decided starting positions for the event finale.

Effectively, those who fared somewhat poorly in the opening race were rewarded and those who excelled were inadvertently punished.

D’Alberto took a bold stance in response – one which hasn’t helped his overall season cause. Sitting ninth and 99 points behind leader Zac Soutar, the 38-year-old has conceded his title hopes are over.

Reflecting on the matter via the latest Motorsport News Podcast, D’Alberto said: “I still feel pretty bitter about the whole thing, I feel like I was pretty hard done by – not just me, but the whole scenario.

“The people that had had a good weekend so far, they got really disadvantaged by poor decisions on the day that sort of got out of control.

“I think even after going through the stewards’ tribunal, they agree that it wasn’t handled very well, but technically the protest that GRM put in was valid and that’s why it didn’t get overturned.

“So I can see their point of view there, but in the whole episode of that, I feel like changes have been made and I hope those mistakes won’t get made again and that would be a little bit of a win.”

Even if not a direct rule change, he does feel there has been a general improvement in category/team relations.

“Definitely the category is working hard to try to make sure the competitors are happy,” said the Honda driver.

Zac Soutar leads the TCR standings after Round 4 of 7. Pic: Supplied/Speed Shots Photography

“I feel like there has been a bit of a shift there – and not to make them happy just for the sake of it, but just from a category point of view, keeping us a bit more updated with what’s happening going forward with the category, really trying to push and promote the category and help the teams with their sponsors and what we can offer sponsors.

“So I think that has definitely improved.”

D’Alberto was back at The Bend on the weekend, teaming up with Adrian Deitz to take a Pro-Am class win on Saturday in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia.

His next chance to duke it out in TCR will come on August 2-4 at the recently rescheduled Queensland Raceway round.

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