17-YEAR-OLD Todd Hazelwood has finished second in the Forpark National class in a thrilling finale at Phillip Island for the sixth round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship.
The South Australian had previously raced at the Phillip Island circuit last year in Formula Ford; the first time in this year’s championship Hazelwood had previous experience at a circuit.
Qualifying saw Hazelwood set the third fastest time in the Forpark National class, enduring a close battle with his teammate throughout the session and also lapping the original track record.
The teenager finished third in the first 9-lap race, second in race 2 and had a fantastic battle with his teammate in the final feature 14-lap race to finish second for the round.
“I had a great battle with my teammate in the final race,” said Hazelwood.
“Going side by side through turn 1 and also the last three corners certainly got the heart rate racing!”
Once again Hazelwood continued to show his pace and his place in the Forpark National championship, currently running in second.
“This weekend has once again been very consistent and successful, but it wasn’t strong enough,” said Hazelwood.
“I felt this weekend was my best opportunity to close the gap to the Forpark National class championship leader, but unfortunately the gap has slightly increased.
“I really enjoyed racing at Phillip Island, previously having great success in the past and it was great to continue my strong form at this exciting circuit.”
The South Australian will be working super hard in preparation to ensure he finishes the year off with a good result and to thank everyone involved who has made this year in Formula 3 happen.
The final round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will be held at Sandown Raceway on November 15-17.