A highlight from Inside Supercars -Show 402- Todd Hazelwood - Gen 3 and beyond


Inside supercars. Welcome to inside supercars, tiny red rock from Craig gravelle, and we're joined by a man who's the most recent to taste the gen three Camaro. Todd, Hayes wood, welcome back to Instagram accounts. Thanks to us, thanks for having me on the show. And yeah, it was great to finally get a sample of what the future of supercars is. Obviously, getting my first laps in the gen three kamaru on Monday around then the band motor sport park and to be honest, I was genuinely impressed. I thought it was a really good thing and looking forward to what the holes for the future and moving forward into next year. I mean, one of the real benefits for you is the fact that you were writing on the day after you've been racing your Commodore. And so you can actually get through yourself up to speed, but then feel the car coming up to your speed. Yeah, exactly. It's a very good opportunity to do a direct comparison. Yeah, I guess between the differences between the two cars and really try and pinpoint what obviously from a field point of view, the ergonomics, everything that becomes second nature. So it was a really good opportunity to dot point all that down. And yeah, it provides some knowledge as we start preparing for next year because obviously the 2023 season is coming around fast and we want to put ourselves in the best position forward to maximize that opportunity and get some good results. John Russell, the man, I know quite some years, these ex Williams Formula One being with Triple H and being out here also 6 foot or pro drive in the old days. Firstly experienced engineer and one of the things I was so encouraged to hear him talking about on Sunday at the time of men was that he said that it's a car you have to manhandle a new car. It's not something that is easily driven. It's something you've got to be on top of. And you know, there's less white. We list down force. Maybe not less power, but equivalent power. But you've got to drive the cars. Is that correct? Yeah, exactly. It's certainly got a lot more talk than the current spec supercar that we're so accustomed to and obviously it's got a little bit less down force. It's still a really well balanced car. So I think it's going to actually help with the quality of racing because it gives the drivers to obviously we still need grip. We still need balance to be able to set people up and make passes. And also it was a little bit concerned of how nice the car was going to be because you don't want to so loose to the point where you don't have to draw up as making passes at all. So yeah, I think that I think the product they've created for the future is now, as I said before, it's a really positive thing. And can only see in time. I can only see this thing being a really good thing for us as a sport. And obviously once we get over the hurdle of the exit of obviously Holden being our sport, which is such an important part of our DNA, once we make that transition and people start to realize that this is the future. And this is our way forward. I think it's going to be a good thing. So he obviously was dealing with you on the day. No, actually it was mainly just a broken myself working with the guys at triple-A, obviously they're the guys managing that the Kamara side of the development. So it was interesting, you know, just being a driver that was sort of just plug and play. So obviously searching for our input, but basically just getting tired of what to do and get behind the wheel and try and be as consistent as possible. So unique position, I guess, being driving the gen three where obviously from a driver's point of view, we're not involved in the homologation and the design process of that of that side. So for us, as far as women, just a proper steering wheel spacer, we get in, we do our job and as far as details, we don't really know what's actually happening behind the scenes too much. So yeah, but it's all going smoothly and I think the gen three programs come a long way in this year in particular. So I think as I said before, the futures brought for supercars based off what our sampled this week. In your 5th season in the main game, back with the team that you won your super two championship with in that stone racing. And this stand out in a couple of weeks time. You'll hit 150 rice dots on the Sunday. So that's a fairly short time to threshold up. Yeah, exactly. It's amazing in this industry, go from being a rookie and all of a sudden, you know, a couple of years in and you feel like a veteran. Yeah, I just said 5 years in, it's been one hell of a journey. I've had I've only been with two different teams since my whole journey from the end of 2013 when I first got into soup two all the way up to now and spent 85% of that time at the team here at Matt stone racing. So seeing a lot of changes, both obviously within the team itself and sampled a little bit more a little bit of success, but I always hungry for more. Yeah, I feel like I've got a lot of unfinished business within supercars. Obviously still chasing that elusive first race win had a podium back in 2020 and had a pole position, but I've still got a lot of fight left in me yet to hopefully achieve a lot more in the sport and hopefully a short time to come. It must be terrifically back in the so familiar surroundings. Why do you think there's been lots of change in that sense? The overall impression isn't obviously that stone is still a man in charge. He's a very pragmatic straightforward. You know where you stand with him? Yeah, exactly. Yeah, I've been really fortunate to obviously know that the whole stone family for a long period of time now. I lived with Matt for a few years in my younger years when I was obviously chasing the dream and trying to keep the two program alive and Matt's treated me like family from day one and I suppose that's how it goes about his business too. He's very family orientated, but still a racer at heart. You know, everything that we do here at this workshop is all about performance and trying to win races. There's nothing else to that, I guess. And after all, that's what I met and I have got along so well over the years. And even obviously we had from my personal point of view, I had a two year hiatus and I went to the team at bay job, if we always, yeah, we made sure that we finished our program at the end of 2019 on a home. We shook hands and we said, well, hey, who knows? We may team up again in the future and two years later and here we are. So yeah, I think that just probably speaks in volumes of what a slot to be part of the team here at MSR. Now, on the day, you and Jack lebrock drove the camaros. And I understand that Luke yields and Tim Slade were

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