Debut Enduro Cup complete for Bigmate Racing
Bigmate Racing’s Todd Hazelwood has completed his first PIRTEK Enduro Cup campaign as a full-time driver on the Gold Coast, racing alongside rookie Bryce Fullwood to complete the team’s first ever endurance races.
The team finished 21st in the final endurance standings after Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast.
Hazelwood and Fullwood finished 20th after Saturday’s Race 26 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, while Race 27 on Sunday was cancelled due to wild weather creating dangerous driving conditions on the Surfers Paradise street circuit.
“It was a bittersweet end to the weekend at the Gold Coast being rained out and not able to make the final race count for points after the huge storms that hit the city,” Hazelwood said.
“Overall I’m very pleased with how the team performed at their very first Gold Coast 600 together—great to wrap up the PIRTEK Enduro Cup placing 21st.
“I felt like we maximised our weekend well, having reasonable qualifying speed and staying out of the carnage in both races … Bryce handed me a straight car in both instances, which was a tough challenge for him being his very first time racing at the circuit.
“It was a shame the rain hit so hard on Sunday, as we were having a great race and our strategy was working out really well for us, but the circuit was undriveable at race speed and would have created chaos for 100 per cent of the drivers if we went back to green flag racing.
“The car maintained straight after three days of gruelling laps around the tough street circuit, which will help us put more effort into the car’s preparation for our very first time racing in New Zealand coming up next week.”
Fullwood prior to the event had never driven on the Gold Coast circuit before, in what was a big challenge for the rookie co-driver.
“For me this was a new track, first time here and I was one of the only people to have not raced here at this track before,” Fullwood said.
“It was a lot to take in, I only had 20-odd laps under my belt before I started the race on Saturday.”
“It was certainly a big learning curve for me being a long time in the car and the first time here in the Gold Coast—I did a double stint and two-thirds of the race here on Saturday.”
Hazelwood added that he loved his first Gold Coast event as a full-time Supercars driver.
“I really enjoyed my first Gold Coast 600 as a main driver, getting more laps under my belt around this super tough circuit and it was great to have the opportunity to really push the limits and maximise the circuit in qualifying,” Hazelwood said.
“The response from our supporters all weekend was just amazing and it was super cool to see so many Bigmate Racing shirts around the track and in the high-rise buildings while doing the drivers parade.
“It’s been a huge few rounds racing with Bryce in our first enduro campaign together … Bryce did a good job for his first crack and very pleased with how the whole team operated and took on all challenges presented successfully.
“Looking forward to getting back in the car for the last couple of rounds for the season and seeing what we can achieve.”
Bigmate Racing will head over to New Zealand next week for their debut ITM Auckland SuperSprint event on 2-4 November.