Todd Hazelwood keen to keep Erebus on top
Hazelwood to stand in for Brodie Kostecki at Bathurst 500
2017 Super2 champion had already lined up co-drive
Todd Hazelwood is determined to keep Erebus Motorsport’s wheels in motion ahead of a sudden return to the Supercars grid.
Hazelwood, the 2017 Super2 champion, will stand in for reigning champion Brodie Kostecki at this month's season-opening Thrifty Bathurst 500.
The 28-year-old was set for a stint on the sidelines, and had a co-drive with Erebus lined up — only to be thrust back into the hot seat.
Hazelwood has since had his “finger glued to the phone” following Wednesday’s news — but speaking to Supercars.com, the South Aussie is more than up to the task.
“No word of a lie, it is a unique opportunity for me,” Hazelwood said.
"The plan for me this year was to take a side step and be a co-driver, that was set in place and due to be announced.
“To step into a car given their success last year, there’s no reason we can’t replicate that moving forward. That’s my ambition.
“I need to do everything I can to keep the team’s wheels in motion. The preparation hasn’t been compromised one bit at the workshop.
“It’s a huge opportunity, but I’m not undermining the job ahead for me to fulfil the role for Brodie."
Hazelwood will swap a Blanchard Racing Team Mustang for a brand-new Erebus Camaro, which he will shake down next Tuesday before completing a full test on Wednesday.
It also reunites Hazelwood with good mate Jack Le Brocq, with the duo forming Matt Stone Racing’s driver line-up in 2022.
Hazelwood also reunites with Erebus CEO Barry Ryan, who engineered the driver during the 2012 Formula Ford season.
Despite being given the keys to championship-winning machinery, Hazelwood is far from rusty, given he has already turned laps since the 2023 Supercars season ended last November.
Hazelwood had been working behind the scenes on a Trans Am program, and had already tested the car prior to this week’s news. He also locked in a drive coach role with former Supercars engineer Wes McDougall.
“I’m very fortunate to have some familiar faces there,” he said.
“I’m really good mates with Jack, and I worked alongside Barry 12 years ago now, so it’s somewhat of a reunion.
“We have a heads down, bum up mentality now. Working backwards from Round 1, there’s not a lot of time.
“I want to use every moment of the day to make sure I’m best prepared for race day in Bathurst.
"It’s a unique scenario, but I’m keen to get some laps and knowledge under my belt before the first race."