Todd Hazelwood has described his breakthrough Dunlop Super2 Series race victory on home soil at the Clipsal 500 as a dream come true.
After earning his best Super2 finish to date last year with third overall, Hazelwood has embarked on his fourth season in the series with Matt Stone Racing.
Hazelwood said scoring a long-awaited win is a huge confidence booster for what is going to be a year of tough competition in the series.
“It’s a dream come true really, we’ve been working towards this for a long, long time now,” Hazelwood Supercars.com.
“To know that we’ve actually done it now, we’ve proven other people we can do it.
“I think it’s one thing knowing in your mind that you can do it but other drivers knowing you are capable of winning races and putting the job together is another thing as well.
“This year is one of the toughest years in the category with a really great calibre of drivers, so it’s really special to get a win.
“Hopefully we can keep this momentum going and have some good success in the future.”
The 21-year-old said it was surreal to take the win in front of his home crowd, which included his ever-supportive family and friends.
“This is where I grew up. I live 15 minutes down the road,” Hazelwood continued.
“I used to come to every Clipsal 500 as a spectator and sit on turn eight and watch…I always dreamt of being that kid trying to make the next step”.
Despite soaking up his first Super2 win, the young gun is already thinking about what’s next.
“I haven’t got that round win, so that’s the next challenge now and we know we can do the job and hopefully we can do that soon,” Hazelwood said.
Paul Dumbrell claimed the round victory in Adelaide, taking home the ARMOR ALL Pole Position award on Saturday before winning the opening two races.
Hazelwood was second for the round with MW Motorsport driver Jack Le Brocq third on Nissan’s debut in the series.
Dumbrell highlighted the competitiveness of the category after completing the first round of the season.
“This series this year, obviously with pretty much everyone in the current generation car, it is going to be really really strong and I think it showed over the weekend it is going to be a tough year,” Dumbrell said.
The series continues with Super2’s inaugural visit to Symmons Plains in Tasmania on April 7-9.