New F1 is too quiet according to race goers

Australian V8 Supercars, Formula 1, On The Record

By LOREN HAZELWOOD

Kamui Kobayasi crashing out after a brake-by-wire failure. Photo: AP Photo/Ross Land

Kamui Kobayasi crashing out after a brake-by-wire failure. Photo: AP Photo/Ross Land

Australian Grand Prix organisers claim the new F1 cars may have breached race contracts because they were not loud enough.

Fans have also spoken and agreed that the new V6 turbo-charged powertrain cars sound duller than a lawnmower on a Saturday morning.

The Australian Grand Prix Coordination’s (AGPC) organiser Andrew Westacott said the new cars took away the fascinating spectacle of Formula One racing.

“One aspect of it was just a little bit duller than it’s ever been before and that’s part of the mix and the chemistry that they’re going to have to get right,” Mr Westacott told Fairfax radio.

Westacott also mentioned that AGPC chairman Ron Walker told Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone who said that the quieter sound might have breached the race contract.

“Ron spoke to [Ecclestone] after the race and said fans don’t like it in the venue,” Mr Westacott said.

“We pay for a product, we’ve got contracts in place, we are looking at those very, very seriously because we reckon there has probably been some breaches.”

Not only were the big bosses disappointed with the sound of the new cars—the fans and racing drivers were in disbelief with the V6-turbo sound, including NSW Formula Ford Driver, Daniel Holihan.

“They should definitely bring back the V8 or even the V10 and V12 engine, it’s the fans that come to hear the high pitch roar of a Formula One around the city of Melbourne,” Mr Holihan said.

“I was getting more of a thrill watching the rolling starts of the V8 Supercars.”

Although the cars were not as loud—the racing spoke for itself, with the drivers battling for position throughout the whole race, while trying to not break down.

The competition level was high and it was unpredictable who would win the race before it started, with reliability also playing a big part during the first race in Australia.

“I loved the action, the race was very entertaining because it was a complete fresh start for every team and there was a lot of passing going on,” Mr Holihan said.

Not only did the race deliver great action and unpredictability, it also saw controversy unfold as Australian young gun Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified after a fuel-flow sensor error.

Ricciardo’s team at Red Bull have appealed the decision, with the verdict expected to take a few weeks to be announced.

Nico Rosberg was the eventual winner of the race, with McLaren rookie driver Kevin Magnussen replacing Ricciardo for second on his Formula One debut, with McLaren teammate Jenson Button rounding out the top three.

Formula One management are yet to comment on the hybrid-generation cars.

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Why fans should stop the Volvo jokes

Australian V8 Supercars, Fiasco Sports, Film and TV

It’s the age-old joke, calling someone a ‘Volvo driver’ if they couldn’t drive. Well, now we are the ones who should be laughing because Volvo are a dominant force. 

Scott McLaughlin racing at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Scott McLaughlin racing at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Volvo is a name synonymous to car manufacturers, and one that has had its fair share of jokes, but this year Volvo has smashed its debut in the V8 Supercars, exceeding everyone’s expectations.

The S60 V8 Supercar was entered this year by Garry Rogers Racing, and developed by World Touring Car team Polestar Racing who have re-created a car suitable for Australian circuits and an engine competitive enough to run at the front of the first race of the season.

It already appears much stronger than last year’s new manufacturers Erebus and Nissan.

Not only have Polestar and Rogers come together to create a blue-montser, but with a team of drivers including superstar rookie Scott McLaughlin and Swedish World Touring Car driver Robert Dahlgren, you have a team ready to smash some records.

At the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, McLaughlin made the crowd roar with his late-race manoeuvre on current V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup,  giving Volvo their first ever podium in the category.

And of course for our at-home entertainment, McLaughlin dropped the f-bomb on live television.

As McLaughlin explained, “I just plucked her in first, gave it some jandal and f*ck yeah!”….and to explain what exactly a ‘jandal’ is
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Not only did Volvo make history placing on the podium, GRM actually sold out of merchandise at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide round and were automatically on back-order as fans demanded for more Volvo merchandise!

The team continued to power on two weeks later in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix, breaking Shane van Gisbergen’s hat-trick of race wins to take out their first ever V8 Supercars victory.

McLaughlin managed to stay out of trouble, and the car managed to pull-through for history to break, putting the team in an even stronger position for the next round at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania on March 28-30.

Just in case you missed the social media frenzy Volvo and McLaughlin started, you can show your support by using the hashtag #jandalarmy.

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Written by Loren Hazelwood @LorenHazelwood

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New F1 Cars Are Too Bloody Quiet

Australian V8 Supercars, Formula 1, Spultured

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After never attending a Formula 1 race, I was more than excited to hear the roaring sound and ear-piercing ring of what people had explained a Formula 1 car to be… Unfortunately this year, they sounded flatter than a lawnmower on a Saturday morning.

Not only were fans disappointed with the new V6 Turbo-charged power-train, but so was the Australian Grand Prix Coordination’s (AGPC) organiser Andrew Westacott, who said the new cars took away the fascinating spectacle of Formula 1 racing.

“One aspect of it was just a little bit duller than it’s ever been before and that’s part of the mix and the chemistry that they’re going to have to get right,” Westacott told Fairfax radio.

Westacott also mentioned that AGPC chairman Ron Walker told Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that the new sound may have breached race contracts with Formula 1 management.

“Ron spoke to [Ecclestone] after the race and said fans don’t like it in the venue.

“We pay for a product, we’ve got contracts in place, we are looking at those very, very seriously because we reckon there has probably been some breaches.”

Not only were the big bosses disappointed with the sound of the new cars—the fans and racing drivers were in disbelief with the V6-turbo sound, including NSW Formula Ford Driver, Daniel Holihan.

“They should definitely bring back the V8 or even the V10 and V12 engine, it’s the fans that come to hear the high pitch roar of a Formula 1 around the city of Melbourne,” Holihan said.

“I was getting more of a thrill watching the rolling starts of the V8 Supercars.”

Although the cars were not as loud — the racing spoke for itself, with the drivers battling for position throughout the whole race, while trying to not break down.

The competition level was high and the winner was unpredictable before the race had even started, with reliability also playing a big part during the first race in Australia.

“I loved the action, the race was very entertaining because it was a complete fresh start for every team and there was a lot of passing going on,” Holihan said.

Not only did the race deliver great action and unpredictability, it also saw controversy unfold as Australian young gun Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified after a fuel-flow sensor error.

Ricciardo’s team at Red Bull have appealed the decision, with the answer expected to take a few weeks to be decided.

Nico Rosberg was the eventual winner of the race, with McLaren rookie driver Kevin Magnussen replacing Ricciardo for second on his Formula 1 debut, with McLaren teammate Jenson Button rounding out the top three.

Formula 1 management are yet to comment on the hybrid-generation cars.

Hear for yourself, what do you think?

V8s: van Gisbergen takes double victory at Melbourne

Australian V8 Supercars, Fiasco Sports

Shane van Gisbergen has kicked off a great start to the WSS Security V8 Supercar round at this year’s Australian Grand Prix. 

Van Gisbergen on fire at Australian Grand Prix. Source: News Limited

Shane van Gisbergen on fire at Australian Grand Prix. Source: News Limited

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen has shown-up the locals and taken a double victory during Races 1 and 2 at the Australian Grand Prix.

Even though van Gisbergen qualified second, he managed to drag Michael Caruso off the start line in a close rolling start, driving away from rivals Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin.

Race 1 opened up a battle between Whincup and McLaughlin for second, with Whincup suffering an after-race penalty, forcing McLaughlin wide and on to the grass while racing on the pit straight.

Whincup later suffered a five-place penalty, giving McLaughlin second and Caruso third for Race 1.

Race 2 saw van Gisbergen have another great start, beating McLaughlin off the start line, with the field going three wide into Turns 1 and 2 at the Albert Park circuit.

McLaughlin ran wide at Turn 11, opening up the door for Craig Lowndes and Fabian Coulthard, with the young Volvo driver slipping back to fifth.

The 12-lap race saw a small battle between Lowndes and van Gisbergen, but the Kiwi was proven too strong, taking two wins from two starts.

There will be another two 12-lap WSS Security V8 Supercar races over Saturday and Sunday of the Australian Grand Prix.

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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Dumb Things Drivers Say

Australian V8 Supercars, Film and TV, Formula 1, Spultured

In the world of motorsport, you could say the occasional F-Bomb and the oh-so delicate word for faeces gets thrown around pit lane, but most of the time it never gets recorded on television.

Well, with a sprinkle of LIVE television and a teaspoon of emotional driver, you have yourself a recipe for something quite exciting – and of course, rather unfortunate for the driver’s bank account.

Warning: the following videos contain offensive language.

Scott McLaughlin – 2014 Clipsal 500

The 20-year-old Kiwi didn’t expect to finish second on debut with Volvo. He also didn’t realise he was going to drive the fans wild after his speech…

Kimi Raikkonen

The Ice-man is no stranger to the media for his comic-remarks, but hey, it’s why we love him, isn’t it?

Jim Richards – 1992 Bathurst

Nothing could have possibly better-welcomed Mark ‘Skaifey’ Skaife into the V8 Supercar world, especially when your teammate calls a group of wound-up fans this…

James Hunt – 1976 British Grand Prix

Oh, and this is James Hunt. Known as the biggest larrikin to ever win a Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship. Bloody good on him.

Now, let’s wait for this weekend and see what the drivers’ can bring at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Twitter world reacts to new V8 restart rule

Australian V8 Supercars, Fiasco Sports

The world of Twitter has reacted to the new safety car restart ruling, which caused Jason Bright’s VF Commodore to roll at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide. 

Shane van Gisbergen and Rick Kelly were both penalised because of new restart ruling. Source: V8 Supercars Official

Shane van Gisbergen and Rick Kelly were both penalised because of new restart ruling. Source: V8 Supercars Official

New rules were introduced to the Australian V8 Supercars 2014 season and with it controversy between drivers, teams and supporters.

During Race 2 at Round 1 of the championship held at the demanding Clipsal 500 Adelaide circuit, a crash causing a safety car unleashed the new restart format, which saw Jason Bright roll through the Turn 1 centre chicane, and Shane van Gisbergen and Rick Kelly both penalised for jumping the start.

The new rule has caused controversy throughout the field, with drivers, teams and fans having their say on the social media network, Twitter.

Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom was not impressed with how the Race 2 ended…

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Even Formula 1 Champion Jenson Button had his say, with V8 drivers Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison joining into the conversation…

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Former team owner of Stone Brothers Racing Ross Stone expressed his opinion…

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The new rule states that drivers cannot exceed 60km/h in the first Acceleration Zone (AZ), therefore all drivers behind the leader have to maintain the speed of 60km/h, controlled by the leader, and cars cannot accelerate until they have passed the final AZ board.

V8 Supercars’ decision to introduce the AZ acceleration zones at restarts was recommended and approved by the V8 Supercar Commission for the 2014 season.

If you would like to have your say about the new safety car restarts and the introduction of the AZ acceleration zones, use the hashtag #V8SC.

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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Adelaide… So Hot Right Now

Australian V8 Supercars, Pop Culture, Spultured

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At this point in time, Adelaide is the place to be. Not only is the weather fantastic and the people super friendly, but also the events taking place at the moment are taking over the city – and if you’re from another state, why not come down!

The Adelaide Fringe (14 February – 16 March)

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You’ll be lining up for hours – but once you are in The Garden of Unearthly Delights, you’ll understand why.

Full of live music, comedy acts, dancing and bars, it’s a beautiful place to be and it’s held right in the heart of the city, ironically right next to the Clipsal 500 circuit (because you know, Adelaide is tiny).

Entry into the garden is free, but head onto their website to check out Fringe Tix and find a stage show to check out!

Clipsal 500 Adelaide (27 February – 2 March)

 

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One of the biggest motor racing events in Australia kicks off today and the city streets will rumble of the sweet notes of V8 Supercar racing.

Not only will there be live racing from V8 Supercars and support categories, but musicians too will rock the place, including Bliss n Eso, Empire of the Sun, Kimbra, Guy Sebastian and Keith Urban.

There is live entertainment throughout the whole weekend and also great food, grid girls and fast-paced racing! Tickets are still available here.

Soundwave Festival (1 March)

 

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The Soundwave Festival never fails to please, with two of the greatest rock bands of the 90s, Green Day and The Living End, to headline this year.

Held down at Adelaide’s Bonython Park, it’s a great place to grab a beer and attend a mosh so you scream until your lungs bleed.

Other main bands playing include Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, A Day To Remember, Korn, Panic! At The Disco and many more, with tickets still available.

WOMADelaide (7 – 10 March)

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One of the nation’s favourite outdoor festivals, with a great atmosphere and friendly vibe for all ages to enjoy.

WOMAD is run over four days, in Adelaide’s Botanic Park in the city, featuring performances and workshops over seven stages, including music from the world’s best contemporary and traditional musicians.

Adelaide Cup (10 March)

 

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Not just a public holiday for uni students. The Adelaide Cup is the perfect place to get all dressed up and win some dollars betting on the horses with the best names.

Only a few minutes drive outside the city located at the Morphettville Racecourse, with punters and racing enthusiasts entertained by the Group 2 race of the day, the Yallambee Stud Classic, the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes and the Group 3 Auraria Stakes.

Future Music Festival (10 March)

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Being an obsessive fan of Pharrell Williams, Future is going to go off this year. And not to mention the likes of Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Eric Prydz, Cut Copy, Rudimental and many more performing live, in Adelaide!

The festival will be held March 10 in Adelaide’s Showgrounds, with tickets still available.

We also have a new oval…

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So, you inter-staters think Adelaide is boring, hey? I’d like to see you hold onto those little savings of yours at this time of year. This is why we are called “The Festival State.”

Dunlop Development Series stronger than ever

Australian V8 Supercars, Dunlop Development Series, Fiasco Sports, Todd Hazelwood Racing

Each year the V8 Dunlop Development Series grows and this year’s series is set to be huge with 30 entries confirmed for the opening round at Adelaide’s Clipsal 500. 

Ash Walsh is set to be a strong contender for the 2014 Dunlop Series. Image: Ash Walsh Motorsport

Ash Walsh is set to be a strong contender for the 2014 Dunlop Series. Image: Ash Walsh Motorsport

The Official V8 Supercars Series kicks off this week on Adelaide’s streets, with all eyes on the Dunlop Development Series, kicking off the season with 30 entries confirmed.

After last year’s stellar entry list including the names of Casey Stoner, Chaz Mostert, Jack Perkins, Dale Wood and Steve Owen, 2014 is once again looking to be a strong season and will also be a debut for many young and talented drivers.

One driver looking particularly strong for this year is Ash Walsh, who will be racing under Matt Stone Racing for the third year after picking up five race wins in the series last year, just missing out on the title.

Ford Performance Racing are also coming back into the series after a one-year absence, partnering up with young Cameron Waters in an Enzed sponsored FG Falcon.

Ex-V8 Supercar drivers will also make-up the grid again, with Paul Dumbrell making his way into the series this year, alongside Paul Morris and Taz Douglas. 

Erebus today also announced they will make their debut into the series, with their Erebus Academy driver Jack Le Brocq who recently finished third in the Bathurst 12-Hour race is set to make his debut into the series with Image Racing.

Adelaide-based team THR Racing Developments have progressed from the Kumho V8 series to the big stage of Dunlop Series, with Jordan Ormsby and Jay Verdnik the two confirmed drivers for the first round, with Josh Hunter and Matthew Hansen also making the jump from Kumho to Dunlop series.

Two Formula 3 drivers are also set to make their debut into the series this year, with Gold Star champion Tim Macrow to race with Gallagher Motorsport, and winner of Shannons Supercar Showdown, Todd Hazelwood, to compete under Matt Stone Racing.

Brad Jones Racing will also be another team to look out for, with Andrew Jones and Chris Pither set to steer their VE Commodores this year. 

Reigning Dunlop Series team MW Motorsport will once again be strong a three-car team including drivers Andre Heimgartner, Ryan Simpson and Morgan Haber, while Eggleston Motorsport will also be running a three-car team, with Garry Jacobson, Ant Pederson and Dumbrell behind the wheel.

The Dunlop Development Series have changed the format of the races for the season, including two 40-minute races and two 15-minute qualifying sessions. 

While the round opens at the Clipsal 500, teams and drivers will compete for the title across seven-rounds including Winton, Bathurst, Townsville, Sydney, Ipswich and Perth.

The drivers will first hit the Clipsal circuit at 1:20pm for their first practice session for the year.


Official Clipsal 500 Adelaide entry list

# Team Sponsor Name CAMS Competitor Name Driver Model
10 Image Racing Image Racing Taz Douglas FG
11 Worlds Best Technology/Castrol Bruin Beasley Josh Hunter VE II
20 Team Advam Brad Jones Racing Andrew Jones VE II
24 Worldwide Gaming Gallagher Motorsport Tim Macrow VE II
25 Dreamland Bedding S & J Automotive Dan Day VE II
26 Finance Ezi MW Motorsport Andre Heimgartner FG
27 Parramatta Smash Repairs MW Motorsport Ryan Simpson FG
28 Miraflores Estate/Haber Excavations MW Motorsport Morgan Haber FG
32 Alphabet Josh Kean Josh Kean VE II
35 Matt Stone Racing Matt Stone Racing Todd Hazelwood FG
38 Eggleston Motorsport Eggleston Motorsport Ant Pederson VE II
42 Icebreak Racing Brad Jones Racing Chris Pither VE II
44 Pacific Hoists / Halda Race Pilot Rsport Race Engineering Fredrik Lestrup VE II
45 THR Motorsports/S.A.Racing & Logistics THR Developments Pty Ltd Jordan Ormsby VE II
46 THR Motorsports/S.A.Racing & Logistics THR Developments Pty Ltd Jay Verdnik VE II
48 R&J Batteries Emery Motorsport Geoff Emery VE II
49 Image Racing Image Racing Jack Le Brocq FG
50 Forpark / Australian Custom Moulders Matthew Hansen Matthew Hansen VE II
51 Poll Performance Jim Pollicina Jim Pollicina FG
54 Eggleston Motorsport Eggleston Motorsport Garry Jacobson VE II
56 TEAM ENZED FPR Prodrive Racing (Australia) Pty Ltd Cam Waters FG
58 Go Karts Go Novocastrian Motorsport Aaren Russell FG
60 Gulf Western Oil Matt Stone Racing Michael Hector FG
62 Warrin Mining Volvo Construction Equipment Adam Wallis Adam Wallis VE II
67 Sargent Security Racing Nemo Racing Pty Ltd Paul Morris FG
71 Action Racing Action Racing Marcus Zukanovic FG
73 Formula Tech Performance/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Brett Stewart VE II
75 McGill Motorsport Auto-Motion Australia Aaron McGill VE II
87 Infants Friend Matt Stone Racing Ash Walsh FG
88 Eggleston Motorsport Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell VE II
98 Voight Contracting Rsport Race Engineering Aaron Tebb VE II

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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New V8 Drivers for 2014

Australian V8 Supercars, Dunlop Development Series, Fiasco Sports

As young drivers smashed their debut in the series last year, we decided to look at what the new drivers for 2014 have prepared behind the steering wheel for one of the biggest seasons in the series yet.

Source: Left Lane News

Source: Left Lane News

V8 Supercars has once again lifted and explored into new depths, and will not only have four manufacturers – but five including the announcement of Volvo’s S60 machine.

The series is at its peak with car and driver development, with four new drivers set to make the grid for this year’s season, and in just over one week the V8 Supercars will rumble on the streets of Adelaide for the Clipsal 500.

Last year’s rookies Scott McLaughlin and Chaz Mostert both picked up race wins, impressing the teams with McLaughlin now the star factory driver at Volvo and Mostert replacing Will Davison at the highly established Ford Performance Racing.

With 2013 rookies impressing, this can only mean that stronger talent will arise from the development series, with Bathurst winner Nick Percat teamed up at Walkinshaw, Jack Perkins racing at team Jeld-Wen, Dunlop Series champion Dale Wood to race with Brad Jones Racing and the newly imported driver from Sweden Robert Dahlgren to finish the line up at the new Volvo team.

These four drivers are extremely talented, and come from a large background of motorsport not only in Australia – but also on the international circuit.

Nick Percat / Source: www.v8supercars.com.au

Nick Percat / Source: http://www.v8supercars.com.au

Nick Percat
Walkinshaw Racing #222
Won Bathurst in 2011 with Garth Tander and since was Holden Racing’s endurance driver, while also making a strong stance in the Australian Formula Ford Championship and Dunlop Development series, then in 2013 moved on to race in the Carrera Cup category last year.

Jack Perkins / Source: V8 Supercars

Jack Perkins / Source: V8 Supercars

Jack Perkins
Team JELD-WEN #18
Son of the great Larry Perkins, this will be a comeback for the development star, originally raced for Jack Daniel’s Racing in 2007. Perkins has a large background in motorsport, racing Aussie Cars, Dunlop Series and Formula Ford, while being a crucial part for the endurance rounds, racing with McLaughlin, Russell Ingall and Tim Slade.

 

Dale Wood/ Source: V8 Supercars

Dale Wood/ Source: V8 Supercars

Dale Wood
Team ADVAN/GB #21
Wood last year claimed the Dunlop Development Series crown, while having a long career in motorsport, starting in motocross before beginning state-level Formula Ford. The Queenslander also paired with newcomer Perkins for the Bathurst 1000, as well as Todd Kelly and Tony D’Alberto.

 

Robert Dahlgren / Source: V8 Supercars

Robert Dahlgren / Source: V8 Supercars

Robert Dahlgren
Valvoline Racing GRM #34
Sweden’s own has come to conquer the Australian V8 series, with Dahlgren’s previous racing results including winning the British, Swedish, Norwegian and Scandinavian Formula Ford Championships, racing in Formula 3 and racing in the World Touring Car Championship for Volvo Polestar Racing.

The new drivers this year bring a wealth of experience and a different culture of racing to the field, which will make for one great V8 Supercars Championship for 2014.

Written by Loren Hazelwood @LorenHazelwood

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Todd Hazelwood Secures V8 Development Series Drive for 2014

Australian V8 Supercars, Dunlop Development Series, Todd Hazelwood Racing
Todd Hazelwood with team owner Matt Stone.

Todd Hazelwood with team owner Matt Stone.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN Todd Hazelwood has confirmed he will race the 2014 Dunlop Development Series, racing with Queensland-based team Matt Stone Racing.

The 18-year-old will race in an ex-Stone Brother Racing’s Ford FG Falcon, making his debut with the team at his home round in Adelaide, the Clipsal 500.

Hazelwood is excited to announce his new venture into the series and believes this is a massive step forward for his racing career.

“I’m very proud and excited to be part of this year’s championship, it was a huge challenge by everyone involved to make this happen and I can’t wait to kick the year off at my home event, the Clipsal 500,” Hazelwood said.

“The year will be a steep learning curve for me and I will be going into the championship with a realistic mindset … but like anyone else in the field, I want to perform at my best and I believe I have one of the best packages to do that.”

The teenager had his first test day with the team last week at Queensland Raceway, which was a great success.

“My first test day last week was very productive and it’s a pleasure to work with such an experienced and professional team, they know how to maximise the potential out of both the driver and the race car which will be a massive bonus for my first season.”

Team owner Matt Stone was also impressed with Hazelwood’s first test and looks forward to the first round in Adelaide.
“It’s good to run a rookie again in a V8 and we were impressed with Todd’s ability to quickly adapt to driving a V8 and had a very productive day testing,” Stone said.

“We have faith that Todd has the skill to drive the car competitively at Clipsal and we will be working on his race-craft and comfort ability with all the other cars around him.

“It can be very daunting racing a V8 around a street circuit but we have every faith that Todd will continue to impress.”

Hazelwood also has worked hard in the off-season to gain the support of Tecalemit, Airtec, Repco, Da Mario’s Pizza, Slape & Sons, Gadget Graphics and Winning Spirit.