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Todd Hazelwood and the Bigmate Racing team will return to the same track they made their Supercars Championship debut a year ago, racing at the Queensland Raceway circuit as part of the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint this weekend.

After a challenging round at Townsville that saw Hazelwood dislocate his shoulder, the Yatala-based team are ready to bounce back at their home circuit.

“I’m really looking forward to taking on the Ipswich SuperSprint this weekend … it marks a full year since Matt Stone Racing and myself made our ‘main series’ debut, which is pretty special,” Hazelwood said.

“Recently the team made some significant changes to the car and we found great benefits from this at Townsville.

“I feel we have made great progress with this new direction and combining this with our test track knowledge that’ll come into play this weekend should give us that extra edge on the field.

“Hopefully we can achieve our best result this season.”

During the break since the last event on the streets of Townsville, the 22-year-old has been receiving treatment on both his shoulder and neck.

“The shoulder has been healing well and it shouldn’t give me any grief this weekend,” Hazelwood said.

“Obviously dislocating a shoulder and tearing ligaments in both my shoulder and neck during a race wasn’t ideal and it created a heap of pain, which stopped us from getting our best result this season.

“Thanks to the help from my amazing physiotherapist Anouska and the planning from Fitness 2 Podium, I’ll be fit to race this weekend.”

Head Engineer Wes McDougall added that it’s been a big 12 months for the team since making their debut in 2017.

“It has been a year since MSR made its Supercars Championship debut at the Ipswich track and a lot has happened in 12 months,” McDougall said.

“The competition has grown to be stronger since this time last year, but I’d like to think that we have improved greatly as well, so we’ll be looking to put up a fight.

“It is the first track that we’ve gone to all year where we can draw on previous years data and information, so that alone is worth it’s weight in gold and puts us ahead of any other event.

“Queensland Raceway is also our nominated testing track and Todd has racked up a lot of miles of testing and racing here, so we will be shooting for our best results of 2018 to date this weekend.”

This round will also see a new commercial partner join the team, with Hazelwood welcoming APC by Schneider Electric to Bigmate Racing.

“It is fantastic to see APC by Schneider Electric become a continued partner of the Bigmate Racing team, which sees us embark on a fantastic three year partnership this weekend,” Hazelwood added.

The Bigmate Racing Falcon will hit the Queensland Raceway circuit on 20-22 July.

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