HAZELWOOD SECURES MATT STONE RACING RETURN

Todd Hazelwood will rejoin Matt Stone Racing for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship. Pic: Supplied

TODD Hazelwood will reunite with Matt Stone Racing for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.

The 26-year-old has signed a multi-year deal to race with the squad from next year, rekindling a relationship that netted the 2017 Super2 Series title.

Hazelwood has spent the past two seasons with Brad Jones Racing but is set to be replaced by current Walkinshaw Andretti United pilot Bryce Fullwood in 2022.

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Hazelwood’s debut season with the Albury-based team in 2020 netted a breakthrough pole position on the streets of Townsville and a maiden podium finish at Sydney Motorsport Park.

He currently sits 14th in the 2021 points standings off the back of top-10 finishes in the most recent four races held across the Townsville double-header in July.

“I’m super excited to be returning with the team at Matt Stone Racing for the next few seasons in the Supercars Championship,” Hazelwood said.

“MSR and I have already achieved so much together, and I cannot wait to reignite our partnership to achieve at the highest level.

Hazelwood and MSR celebrate winning the 2017 Super2 title; they’d graduate to the main game together for 2018. Pic: Supplied

“The whole team has had significant growth during the last 24 months, and I can already sense the excitement and energy with the plans put in place behind the scenes.

“It will be really special for me to join the team again after so many years of great memories, friendship, and success.

“Both Matt Stone and Jason Gomersall were the backbone to creating my Supercars career and I feel the timing is perfect to reunite and achieve unfinished business on track.

“We are both hungry and highly motivated to take it to the best and create something special.

“I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity to return to the team at Matt Stone Racing and I cannot thank Matt Stone, Jason Gomersall and Al Bye enough for helping make this whole deal possible.”

The announcement comes off the back of news that both of MSR’s current drivers will depart the team at the end of the season.

Zane Goddard revealed this week that he was unable to reach an agreement to remain at MSR next year, while Jake Kostecki announced last week that he will join Tickford Racing in 2022.

MSR is yet to confirm its second driver for next year but the seat is believed to have been secured by the driver Kostecki is replacing at Tickford, Jack Le Brocq.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.