Frustrating end after positive start at the Island

Bigmate Racing’s Todd Hazelwood made his Supercars debut at Phillip Island, as part of the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 event.

The 22-year-old finished 24th in both of the 250-kilometre races, in what was a difficult weekend for the team.

“It was a really tough day for the team and I at Bigmate Racing, we had some promising moments but overall we didn’t get a result which was really disappointing,” Hazelwood said.

“It was tough going in the middle of the race, getting pushed around and hit left right and centre … the car took a few hits and we fell to the back of the pack, which was super frustrating.

“With a bent and damaged car, we surprisingly had a really good final stint to the race, but unfortunately we were too far behind the pack to capitalise on our speed.”

A positive from the event was Hazelwood finishing top 15 in both of Friday’s practice sessions, however that pace wasn’t converted into a solid race result.

“The whole weekend we were riding a roller coaster of speed and emotions, Friday started out super positive and really felt we had a competitive package to fight for a good result,” Hazelwood added.

“Wes [McDougall – Hazelwood’s engineer] and I have already had a good chat and feel we are really starting to understand this new chassis.

“It’s painful for everyone involved not getting the desired results but hopefully sooner rather than later it will come together.”

The Bigmate Racing team will now prepare for the next event on the calendar, heading west to Barbagallo Raceway for the Perth SuperSprint on 4-6 May.

“Big thank you to everyone involved for making this journey continue and hopefully we will be able to repay everyone back with a result soon!”