The Bottle-O Racing Team has re-signed Dean Canto for this year's V8 Supercars endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst following the experienced driver's stellar performance at Mount Panorama last year.
The Adelaide resident is one of the most popular drivers in the sport and returns for the third-straight year with the Rod Nash-owned outfit.
Canto has been part of the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) enduro line-up since 2008 and for the last two years has driven the FPR-prepared #55 The Bottle-O Ford.
He looked set for a top-five finish in last year's Bathurst 1000 until the car was forced out of the race in the closing stages by a fellow competitor.
"I am really happy to be with the team again as we came on strong last year as the season progressed after we sorted a few things," Canto said.
"With that in mind I can see us starting strong this year and given our form last year in the enduros I think we will have a very competitive package.
"Last year we had our potential high finish at Bathurst cruelly taken away from us so even though the end result was out of our control, we can build on that speed and have a better year in 2012."
Team owner Rod Nash believes there is no reason Canto will not deliver the same form again this year and was pleased the 31-year-old agreed to return for a third year in his car.
"Dean has always been a consistent contributor so it is great we have been able to again secure his services," Nash said.
"He has been part of the FPR network for a number of years and is not only highly-respected, but has a safe pair of hands which is vital come enduro time.
"This year we really plan to take a significant step forward as a team and Dean will be a key part of that."
Canto will reacquaint himself with the #55 The Bottle-O Ford this Saturday where he will drive for the first time this year at V8 Supercars' season launch test day at Sandown in Melbourne.