13 Aug 2018
Todd Hazelwood will pilot a ZB Commodore at the 2019 Adelaide 500 and will revert to the car that he steered to the 2017 Dunlop Super2 title at the next round of the championship.
The announcement from Matt Stone Racing comes on the back of the team operating a Ford FGX Falcon in the first 10 rounds of this year’s championship, including its main game debut at the Adelaide 500.
In order to enhance the team’s position ahead of switching to the ZB in 2019, the team will run its second tier championship winning VF Commodore as of the OTR SuperSprint at the Bend in a fortnight.
"The team have decided to run a ZB Commodore in 2019 and feel that racing the VF model starting at The Bend will better prepare us for next year's season," team owner Matt Stone said.
The switch to Holden will also see the team enter into a technical partnership with championship winners Triple Eight Race Engineering, something from which Hazelwood hopes to reap benefit.
“I am fortunate that I have very smart and successful people in my corner who were able to help analyse the best direction for the team,” Hazelwood said.
"I'm very excited to be back in my Super2 winning car for the remainder of the season ... I cannot thank everyone involved at MSR for making this switch possible and I'm really looking forward to racing at The Bend for the first time.
"A special thank you must go to our team partners and supporters for their long-term commitment and understanding during this process - I believe this new direction will help us move forward as a team and I cannot wait to see what we can achieve for the remainder of the season."
The 2019 Adelaide 500 runs from Thursday 28 February – Sunday 3 March and is the opening round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Picture: Matt Stone Racing/SS Media