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.”

Pic­ture: DANIEL KALISZ/Getty Im­ages

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