Race 28 2023 Repco Supercars Championship - Vailo 500 For the second year succession, the…
Todd Hazelwood and the Matt Stone Racing team have taken delivery of the ex-Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team ZB Commodore yesterday at Queensland Raceway.
Whincup took to the track in a quick shakedown session to check the car was as per how he had it setup in the last round at Newcastle, the red Bull Racing driver is only allowed 10 laps testing under the current Supercars rules.
Hazelwood has the run of the car for the full test day, he told Velocity magazine, “we canned one of our set test days during the year knowing we would be running a new car at the end of the season and so this is that test”, when asked how it was going he said “brilliantly we are getting use to the setup and then we’ll make some changes (and see how that goes)”.
The squad parked its ex-DJR Team Penske Ford mid-season, having failed to find form without customer support. Hazelwood switched into his 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series title winning, Triple Eight-built VF Commodore from Tailem Bend, ahead of the arrival of the ZB for ’19.
After the first session Hazelwood looked to have some seating issues and the team modified that and the steering setup to better suit his driving style.
The car ran in its full Red Bull Holden Racing team livery, just with Hazelwood’s normal #35, throughout the test day. Today marks the first day of the new technical partnership between MSR and Triple Eight. The team sent some staff members to complete the chassis handover process including Whincups race engineer David Cauchi.
Photos: Darin Mandy (Velocity Magazine)
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