Sydney SuperNight Preview
Bigmate Racing is set for the first Supercars night race since 1997, with Todd Hazelwood to steer the team into the evening at Sydney Motorsport Park this Saturday.
Introduced to the calendar for 2018, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will run a two-day race meeting, with practice on Friday and Saturday to feature qualifying and a single 300-kilometre under lights.
Hazelwood said that he excited for the challenge.
“I’m really looking forward to the event, it’s a huge race and there will be a big emphasis on the race pace being a 300km race,” Hazelwood said.
“It’ll be a big challenge for the teams and drivers as there is a heap of new variables that most of us are unaware of.
“As a team I feel very prepared and with the 300 points up for grabs, it could be a big game changes to this year’s Championship standings.”
The team have made a few special touches to the car’s livery in anticipation of the night race.
“We have a few extra additions to the outside of the race car, which we cannot wait to show to the fans … I think it looks cool, but certainly not over the top,” Hazelwood added.
“It doesn’t look like something out of a Fast and Furious movie, but should be able to help stand out from the rest.
“Also, the beauty of running fluro orange on our Bigmate Racing livery will help make the car stand out in the crowd.”
Night racing background
This Saturday’s race under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park won’t be Hazelwood’s first race in the dark.
In 2017 the South Australian raced at Queensland Raceway in the Australian Production Car Series alongside Scott Turner, with the duo claiming the ‘Fight in the Night’ win in Class C.
The Bigmate Racing driver has also raced in twilight conditions thanks to an extensive kart racing career, which included several victories to his name.
“I have fortunately raced under lights recently in the Karting Australia 4SS Torini class, where we had a dominant day,” Hazelwood said.
“I also raced last year around Queensland Raceway under lights, which was my very first time racing under lights in circuit racing.
“It adds a whole new dimension to the racing, with the cars behind you creating a lot of glare in the rearview vision mirror and the track will generally have some dark spots around the course … this creates a big challenge for the drivers, as our parameters around the circuit have to be centimetre perfect.”
The Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight action will run across 3-4 August.