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Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

TODD Hazel­wood has cred­ited se­cur­ing his first Bathurst 1000 start for the pur­ple patch of form af­ter salut­ing in a drama- filled Dun­lop Su­per2 Se­ries race at Townsville yes­ter­day.

The Ade­laide young­ster avoided two multi- car pile- ups at the front of the field, the first of which forced the race to be tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended.

Five cars smashed into each other at turn three on the sixth lap as the race de­scended into chaos. It mat­tered lit­tle to Hazel­wood, the 21- year- old lead­ing from start to fin­ish to back up his vic­tory in race one on Satur­day.

It was Hazel­wood’s first round win of his ca­reer and saw him over­take Paul Dum­brell as the new se­ries leader.

“It was al­most per­fect, two front row starts and two wins. I’m rapt to get that first round win,” he said.

“I’ve been try­ing pretty hard for the last few years try­ing to get this mo­ment.

“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, but it’s ex­cit­ing times.

“I knew the pace was pretty good and go­ing into that last lap there was all that crusher dust on turn three, I knew if I could get through that cleanly the car was pretty strong around the back. I was fist pump­ing like no to­mor­row, it was a pretty cool mo­ment.”

Late last month Hazel­wood was named as Tim Blan­chard’s co- driver for this year’s Pirtek En­durance Cup, which in­cludes the Sandown 500, the Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600. It has given the be­lief he needs to take charge in the main Su­per­cars sup­port class, es­pe­cially af­ter a for­get­table last round at Phillip Is­land.

“It’s a dream come true, to be hon­est, to an­nounce I’ll be with Tim Blan­chard and the CoolDrive ( Com­modore) team,” he said.

“It was a big goal for us to achieve this year, to get my first crack in the Bathurst 1000.”

Hazel­wood had to fight off a spir­ited chal­lenge from Ford driver An­ton de Pasquale, who had to set­tle for sec­ond.

Richard Mus­cat said the two multi- car prangs would al­most cer­tainly come un­der the mi­cro­scope of stew­ards. “It’ll def­i­nitely be in­ves­ti­gated, it ru­ined a few peo­ple’s races.”

HOT STUFF: Su­per 2 Se­ries driver Todd Hazel­wood starred in Townsville. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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