STOLEN BATHURST HELMET RETURNED!

Tony D'Alberto is a happy chap with his 2017 Bathurst 1000 helmet returned to him. Photo: Supplied

NORMALLY stolen race equipment is gone forever but Shell V-Power Racing Team endurance driver Tony D’Alberto has a story that will give others with missing equipment some form of hope.

D’Alberto has had his 2017 Bathurst 1000 podium-finishing helmet returned to his possession two years after it was stolen from his car along with a range of other personal items.

The 34-year-old, who finished runner-up in last year’s TCR Australia Series in a Wall Racing-run Honda Civic Type-R and will return to that series and team once racing kicks back off, feared he would never see the helmet again.

Tonight he revealed on the Parked Up podcast he hosts with Grant Rowley that the helmet popped up recently thanks to a good Samaritan.

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“This week, a guy sent me a private message on Instagram and said “Hey, I think I have something that belongs to you, I think I have your helmet,” he told the Parked Up podcast.

“I didn’t believe it, I don’t know this guy, and he sent me some photos and I went and picked it up.

“The helmet is in pristine condition, no scratches. At the time, I was devastated. It meant so much to me, so I’m absolutely rapt. I never thought I’d see it again.”

Craig Lowndes is just one of many Supercars drivers to have had race gear stolen, his 1994 Bathurst 1000 helmet remains missing, as reported here by V8 Sleuth in November last year.

Listen to the Parked Up podcast below for more.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.