Dan McCarthy

Dick Johnson Racing has once again announced Tony D’Albert and Alex Davison as navigators at Bathurst 1000 2022, confirming that Scott McLaughlin will not be participating in this year’s “Big Race”.

The pair of navigators remained the same: Alex Davison will be partnering with his brother Will, and D’Aberta will be racing with Anton De Pasquale.

It was about three-time Supercars champion and current IndyCar driver Scott McLaughlin, who is returning to pair with one of the top drivers, but the idea has now disappeared.

Executive chairman and co-owner of Dick Johnson Racing (DJR) Ryan Story is excited to maintain stability in the team, closing D’Albert and Davison for another year, in his view, it can only be good.

“Tony and Alex will be with us again in the Grand Race, Bathurst 1000, exciting for the Shell V-Power Racing Team after their great results in 2021 with a just missed podium,” Story said.

“Both were some of the fastest navigators during last year’s race and I know we will see that pace again this year.

“They are excellent members of our team and fit really well not only with all our employees but also with our partners, and they are accepted by all our wonderful and passionate fans.”

For D’Albert it will be his seventh consecutive season with DJR, his best finish will be in 2017 when he finished third with Fabian Coulthard.

D’Alberto is thrilled to be back in the Mustang alongside De Pasquale.

“I am very excited to be Anton’s co-driver at Bathurst 1000 and to develop the relationship and dynamism we had in last year’s race,” he said.

“Anton, Will and the team are once again demonstrating their speed with their performances on the track this year, and it’s exciting to be part of one of the teams that needs to be defeated.

“I enjoy working with the whole team, it’s a fantastic group of people and I’m excited to be part of the Shell V-Power Racing Team family for the seventh season,” D’Alberta said.

For Davison, it will be the second year in a row that he has joined the team, however in the previous five cases he has been paired with his younger brother Will, making him fourth in 2014.

Alex Davison expressed admiration to once again perform for DJR in the legendary number 17.

“I’m excited to return as Will’s navigator to this year’s Bathurst 1000 and continue to build on the results we had in 2021,” Davison said.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to race in the iconic colors of Shell V-Power and for such an iconic racing team at DJR.

“I can’t wait to get to the mountain and apply for the Bathurst 1000 title.”

Bathurst 1000 will be held this year on Mount Panorama from 6 to 9 October.

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