UNBELIEVABLE - BUT HE SURVIVED THIS
SOUTH Australian Todd Hazelwood feared for his life as his V8 Supercar hit a barrier at more than 250km/h, spun through the air and slammed on to its roof in a “sickening” crash at Sandown raceway yesterday.
But the 21-year-old driver emerged unhurt and was back racing in a different car just an hour later.
In the terrifying accident, which forced an early end to the first qualifying race for the Sandown 500, Hazelwood’s Holden careered sideways after being nudged off the track.
The car crashed into a tyre barrier and the impact sent it spinning into the air.
“As soon as I got the hit I knew I was in a world of trouble to try and survive,” Hazelwood said.
“It was a pretty wild ride. Knowing that there was a fence there somewhere was pretty sickening.
“Probably once I knew I was in the air, I knew this could be quite bad. Just landing, you hear about the drivers with leg and back injuries and that sort of stuff.
“When I landed the first thing was making sure I was OK. The landing was pretty brutal.
Co-driver Tim Blanchard praised Hazelwood’s bravery to get back behind the wheel. “He’s a young kid, first endurance campaign and not much scares him, but I’m sure this is going to rattle him a bit.”