Title defender Maranello Motorsports has withdrawn from the Bathurst 12h after driver Tony D’Alberto was involved in an on-track incident in practice for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour this morning.

The V8 Supercar driver escaped serious injury following an incident with the No. 99 Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 of Jean-Marc Merlin at Forrest’s Elbow, leading to significant damage to both GT3 contenders. Tony D’Alberto is taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance for precautionary checks.

MARK COFFEY – Team Owner, Maranello Motorsport
“Tony will be taken to hospital for precautionary checks. He was communicating with medical staff and myself in the medical centre and is in reasonable spirits given the size of the impact. At this stage it is almost certain that the car is unrepairable so it looks like we will not be able to defend our Bathurst 12 Hour title.”

“We were very confident that we had the right pieces in place to defend our victory with a great driving squad and the new support from McDonald’s. But that’s Bathurst. I’d like to thank our sponsors and supporters for their ongoing support and for the effort the team has put into preparing for the race.”

“We will be supporting Tony and his family from here on in and making sure he is OK.”