Todd Hazelwood says taking a class podium in the Bathurst 12 Hour, his GT racing debut, was the 'icing on the cake' following a big weekend of learning.
Hazelwood was part of an entry run by his Supercars outfit Matt Stone Racing, sharing an Audi R8 LMS with Tickford Racing enduro driver David Russell and Roger Lago.
The trio were in Class A's Pro-Am ranks, finishing second in class and 10th outright on Sunday.
While Russell and Lago are experienced GT campaigners, Hazelwood's pre-event running was limited to 10 laps at Queensland Raceway.
"We literally tested the car on the Monday of the race week, put the car in the truck and took it straight to Bathurst," he told Supercars.com.
"It was more of a shakedown so I really did go into Bathurst completely blind and not really knowing what to expect of how much the aero was going to affect the car and how to maximise the performance of a GT3 car.
"It was a great challenge, it was a big learning experience but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"It was just all about getting laps, slowly building up to it and not doing anything stupid.
"Obviously we all want to try to go fast but at the same time it was having clear expectations of what we were there to achieve and for us it was all about doing the 12 hours of racing on the Sunday.
"We slowly built up to it and it was fantastic to have the experience of Dave and also Roger to be able to pick their brains.
"Come race day, I felt like my pace was really good and that helped us achieve a good result.
"To come away with some silverware was just the icing on the cake of the whole weekend."
Third in Pro-Am went to the Melbourne Performance Centre-run Audi of Lee Holdsworth, Dean Fiore and Marc Cini.