Over a year since it was stolen, Tony D’Alberto’s Bathurst 1000 helmet has been recovered.
D’Alberto had reached out through social media for its return, although soon resigned himself to never recovering it.
However, the DJR Team Penske endurance driver received an Instagram message last week, which led to the helmets return.
Speaking with the Parked Up podcast, D’Alberto talked about the unexpected circumstance:
“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.
“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.”
D’Alberto is set to partner Fabian Coulthard in this year’s Enduro Cup for the fourth successive year, and will run a full-time program in the TCR Australia Series.