Torini brand ambassador Todd Hazelwood says that grassroots karting has a strong future in Australia, after promoting the 4SS Class over the weekend at Ipswich.
Although not part of the overall points tally or in podium contention for the club event, Hazelwood brought home race wins and a pole position in the newly formulated class.
“It was great fun racing the 4SS Class on the weekend in Ipswich, the racing was really close in all three heats and we had multiple lead changes … it was some of the most enjoyable racing I’ve done all year,” Hazelwood said.
“In the final the Bundy Karts team made some changes and showed great speed pulling away from the field, which was a great ending to the day of racing.
“It was great to meet and see so many new faces in the all-new 4SS Class … I cannot wait to help grow and promote this class and hopefully I’ll be able to compete again with Bundy Karts.”
The 22-year-old added that the support from Bundy Karts to supply the chassis and engine was very generous.
“A very special thank you must go to the whole team at Bundy Karts for the use of their brand-new Intrepid chassis and Torini engine. The whole package was faultless all weekend and to achieve a pole position and four race wins was pretty cool being my first time racing in the category.”
Owner of Bundy Karts Richard Litzow said having Hazelwood as part of their team has raised their profile in the karting scene.
“It was a bit of a rush to get the kart prepared and ready to race, but the Intrepid, Torini and Todd combination worked very well,” Litzow said.
“I was very pleased with the outcome; pole position and first in every race was just brilliant.
“Having Todd as part of the Bundy Karts team raises our public profile and highlights our capabilities, we are only a small team and we all have a passion for the sport and to succeed. With Todd being approachable and having public appeal raises the Bundy Karts profile to the next level.”
Bundy Karts will use this experience to prepare for their next event, with Litzow adding that 4SS has a strong future in entry level karting.
“The Bundy Karts team will be in Gladstone this weekend at the Queensland state titles, supporting our drivers in TAG Light, KA3 and KA4 Junior,” Litzow added.
“On a local level, we plan to continue the push to develop the 4SS Class with a major event in the planning for next year at our local club. The 4SS Class represents an affordable and fun racing environment … I can see the class growing to be a major class in the club racing.
“I would like to thank Todd for showcasing our Bundy Karts brand and taking the time out to give back to grassroots motor sport.”
Hazelwood will now head to North Queensland for his next Supercars Championship event, the Watpac Townsville 400 on 6-8 July.