AFTER a strong practice session yesterday, Todd Hazelwood raced his way to position 15 in Race 1 showing promising pace for tomorrow’s final race at Round 2 of the Dunlop Series Championship at Winton Raceway.
The South Australian showed strong pace from the beginning of the day, finishing qualifying in position 13 with a lap time of 1:24.5447.
Race 1 saw Hazelwood three-wide on the outside of Turn 1 during the opening lap, falling back a few positions after being pushed wide, coming out in 20th position.
The 18-year-old pressed on, charging his way back through the field to finish an impressive 15th place over the 25-lap distance.
“After a good qualifying session this morning we were feeling confident we could produce a top-ten result in Race 1,” Hazelwood said.
“It was promising to know that we had good car speed throughout the race it was just a shame to get caught out on the outside at the start which hurt us with track position on the opening lap.
“Although 15th isn’t the place we want to be, I am forever improving and I’m understanding the car better every time I get behind the wheel.
“It’s important during my learning stages to gain as many championship points as possible and set ourselves up for a strong placing in the championship at the end of the year.”
The teenager will hit the circuit for the final race tomorrow, with his starting position for Race 2 based on his finishing position for Race 1.
Hazelwood is currently sitting outside the top ten of the Dunlop Series Championship on 216 points in 12th position.
Race 2 will start at 1:15pm AEST and the lap times can be viewed live through www.natsoft.com.au.
Sunday (6 April)
13:15: Race 2 (25 laps)