In the challenging Winton conditions and wet weather playing its part, South Australian Todd Hazelwood managed to sneak his way into the top 15, finishing combined practice in position 14 with a lap time of 1:26.1324.
“Really happy with how practice unfolded today, we have good car speed and I’m really enjoying the challenging conditions at Winton,” Hazelwood said.
“In Practice 1 we tried a few things with set-up, but the Winton surface had changed a lot since the team ran here last which also caught out many drivers up-and-down pit lane.
“The second session we had really good car speed, but unfortunately the way the session unfolded caused us to post the two fastest laps when both red flags were out in the session.”
With the teenager finishing inside the top 15, this enables Hazelwood to run in Qualifying with Group 2, being a great advantage for the 18-year-old.
“Really pleased that we are inside the top 15, as this really hurt us for Round 1 at Clipsal.”
“Knowing that we have good car speed and that we are in a good position makes me feel confident that we can be inside the top ten for Race 1.”
The South Australian is currently sitting outside the top ten of the Dunlop Series Championship in 11th position on 153 championship points.
The Dunlop Series will be running alongside the V8 Supercars this weekend at the Winton 400 as a support category, with the Dunlop Series set to hit the circuit for Qualifying tomorrow morning at 9:55 (Group 2).
Race 1 will also be telecast live tomorrow at 3:15pm (AEST), check your local guide for further details.
Saturday (5 April)
9:30: Qualifying 1 Group 1 (15 minutes)
9:55: Qualifying 1 Group 2 (15 minutes)
15:15: Race 1 (25 laps)
Sunday (6 April)
13:15: Race 2 (25 laps)