Mar 31, 2022
Dietz Secures Strong Squad in Lamborghini B12hr Return
ADRIAN DIETZ will bring with him three strong co-drivers for his return to the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour this year.
The Lamborghini Huracan driver will share his car with Tony D’Alberto, Grant Denyer and David Wall this May.
Wall’s outfit, Wall Racing, will again prepare and run the car in the around-the-clock classic.
The quartet bring with them a host of Bathurst 12 hour experience, with a combined 25 starts between them.
The impressive combo was announced on the latest Parked Up podcast, co-hosted by D’Alberto, who drove with Dietz in the recent Fanatec GT World Challenge powered by AWS round at Phillip Island.
The Supercars enduro-co driver and Wall, a former Carrera Cup Australia Champion, have both driven the car previously.
While Denyer is yet to drive the Lamborghini in particular, he has a lengthy 12-Hour CV behind him.
He finished on the podium in the race’s Production Car era, and drove with D’Alberto in a Maranello Motorsport Ferrari in 2015 amidst his six starts in the GT era.
Dietz’s two starts include a strong 12th outright finish in the same Lamborghini in 2019, fourth in the Pro-Am class.
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“We’re back again for another crack at the 12 Hour and it has been a long time coming, but we can’t wait,” said Deitz.
“I’m thrilled with the driver line-up and I feel like it’s going to give us a great chance in the race.
“Obviously Tony’s credentials speak for themselves. We want Tony in the team for the same reasons as Dick Johnson Racing wants him in their team for the Bathurst 1000.
“It’s great to have David in the driver’s seat too. His speed and consistency is undeniable. He is a Carrera Cup champion and he will be quick and will bring it home. A thorough professional from start to finish. Both David and Tony are at the point of their career where they don’t need to prove anything and that is perfect for a race like the Bathurst 12 Hour.
“And I’m thrilled to get Grant in the car. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t watch too much TV, and when Grant was rising up as a TV star, I was living overseas, so for me, he has always been a race driver first and media personality number two.
“Tony and I had the privilege of driving together for Maranello Motorsport in 2016 and his speed is unquestioned, and you only need to look at what he did in the first stint in the Mustang at the Bathurst 6 Hour last year. He did a fantastic job and we know that he is going to put all of his energy into doing the job for us at the 12 Hour too.
“Between us all, we have great team chemistry and, while Bathurst will ultimately decide who is going to win it, hopefully we can be a competitive position to race hard from the final stop at the end of the day.
“I haven’t driven this Lambo, but I have driven a couple before, and they are really good fun,” Denyer told Parked Up.
“To line up with this good bunch of blokes, and great speed across all the drivers as well. Let’s not forget, this is a Pro/Am race, I think we tick the boxes pretty well.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun, but we know what this race is like. I had three years in a row when I was about to jump in the car and the car never came back. I had to wait four years to finish the race, but that is just this race.”
“Firstly, a massive thank you to Adrian for the invite. I’ve done some driving with him on test days and I know the car as much as anyone else,” said Wall.
“I got the invite to do the 4 Hour at Eastern Creek recently, and we also did the Bathurst Easter GT World Challenge round last year, so to get the call up for the 12 Hour with Adrian, Tony and Grant is something I’m really thankful for.
“It’s a great driver line-up too – we have two normal sized people and two little people!
“Adrian really wants to do well. He is a very competitive individual and, while he continues to get better, he is also very hard on himself. Sometimes too hard! For someone who does this as an amateur driver, he does a ripper job, and he also has recent experience at Bathurst. I feel like we have as good a chance as anyone else. The car is sorted, BOP will play its part, but we’ll just do our own thing and see where we are after the 12 Hours.”
“I can’t wait to get back to the mountain with Adrian, David and Grant. It’s a great crew, an awesome car at one of our best events,” said D’Alberto.
“I had the chance to race with Adrian at Phillip Island recently, so I feel like we are pretty well placed.
“It’s really cool to team up with Grant again. We have had a lot of success together in a range of different cars. He is a bit of a lucky charm for me, so hopefully that comes true again.
“We know that Wallie will do the job in the car, and Wall Racing will, no doubt, put everything into it to keep us up the front.
“Any time you get to race at Bathurst is great, but to be able to do it with Adrian and the crew that he has put together is going to be a real highlight of 2022.”