Darwin, Northern Territory (June 17, 2017) –
Matt Brabham driving the DeVILBISS No. 83 truck captured Saturday’s thrilling second round of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks (SST) Darwin Triple Crown at the Hidden Valley Raceway besting Mesa, Arizona driver Gavin Harlien to the line after a tremendous battle between the two throughout the race.
Jumping out to an early lead from his fifth starting position Matt Brabham from Gold Coast, Queensland wasted no time setting the pace of the event working his way past truck after truck to the front. Following in the Toyo Tire tracks of Brabham was Detroit and Texas overall winner Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona.
Harlien showed how fast his Royal Purple Synthetic Oil truck was today sliding back and forth all over the track, going off in the grass, and still able to come within a truck length of Brabham for the lead. As Harlien would challenge Brabham for the lead multiple times, he would never be able to keep the No. 55 truck in front of the smooth driving Brabham.
While the two young hot-shoes were battling hard for the lead, savvy off-road veteran Robby Gordon of Orange, California was making a charge to the front of the pack from his seventh starting position. After a late race red flag that saw Gold Coast, Australia driver Paul Morris flip over on his side. Gordon used that to his advantage to dive to the inside of multiple trucks on the restart including Harlien placing Gordon in the second position.
The last corner would see Harlien get by Gordon for second place, as the Gordon truck would run out of fuel. Spitting and sputtering the SafeCraft Safety Equipment truck would coast to a third place finish.
Brabham would go on to capture his third victory of the 2017 season ahead of Harlien, and Gordon.
TruFuel 50:1 driver Jeff Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona would continue his weekend of respectable finishes racing hard in the top five again throughout Saturday’s event to be recorded in the fourth position.
Craig Dontas from Adelaide, South Australia finished fifth in the Shannon’s Insurance entry driving a great race, keeping all panels on the truck to break his bad luck streak that started after capturing victory at the Clipsal 500 back in March. Fellow South Australian Greg Gartner from Penola would start in the second position, and drop back to mid pack by Lap-2 after getting off track several times. Settling into a good rhythm the driver of the R & J Batteries truck would be credited with the sixth position.
Race 1 winner Paul Morris of Gold Coast, Queensland was credited with the seventh position in the Morris Finance truck after making contact with the wall thru the front stretch chicane. After coming to a complete stop Morris would climb up the tire barrier, and tip over bringing out the red flag. The SST recover crew would tip the No. 67 back on four Toyo Tires and let him continue.
Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Penn. would be credited with the eighth position after encountering transmission issues on the warm up lap in the Road Pod Transport Transformed truck. After starting from the first position and leading the first two laps not having completely working transmission would be too much for the veteran driver, as the rest of the field would navigate past him as he struggled to keep pace.
The Stadium SUPER Trucks finale of the Darwin Triple Crown weekend at the Hidden Valley Raceway will be contested Sunday afternoon at 4:30 P.M. local time.
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SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks
Round No. 16 Results
June 17, 2017
Hidden Valley Raceway
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
1. Matt Brabham; Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.; DeVILBISS/ Hawk Performance/ KMC Wheels
2. Gavin Harlien; Mesa, Arizona; Royal Purple Synthetic Oil
3. Robby Gordon; Orange, Calif.; Safecraft Safety Equipment/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels
4. Jeff Hoffman; Phoenix, Arizona; TruFuel 50:1
5. Craig Dontas; Adelaide, South Australia, Aus.; Shannons Insurance/ Milwaukee Tools/ Auto Masters
6. Greg Gartner; Penola, South Australia, Aus.; R&J Batteries/ Fuchs/ Case IH Agriculture/ Delkor Calcium Battery
7. Paul Morris; Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.; Morris Finance
8. Bill Hynes; Nazareth, Penn.; Road Pod Transport Transformed
2017 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Winners
Round No. Race Location Race Date Winner
1 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 3, 2017 Craig Dontas
2 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 4, 2017 Sheldon Creed
3 Adelaide, SA, Australia March, 5, 2017 Paul Morris
4 St. Petersburg, Florida March 11, 2017 Robby Gordon
5 St. Petersburg, Florida March 12, 2017 Matt Brabham
6 Long Beach, California April 8, 2017 Matt Brabham
7 Long Beach, California April 9, 2017 Robby Gordon
8 Perth, WA, Australia May 6, 2017 Sheldon Creed
9 Perth, WA, Australia May 7, 2017 Robby Gordon
10 Perth, WA, Australia May 8, 2017 Sheldon Creed
11 Detroit, Michigan June 3, 2017 Sheldon Creed
12 Detroit, Michigan June 4, 2017 Sheldon Creed
13 No Limits, Texas June 10, 2017 P.J. Jones
14 No Limits, Texas June 10, 2017 Sheldon Creed
15 Darwin, NT, Australia June 16, 2017 Paul Morris
16 Darwin, NT, Australia June 17, 2017 Matt Brabham
2017 Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Schedule
Round 1: March 3, 2017; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 2: March 4, 2017; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 3: March 5, 2017; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 4: March 11, 2017; St. Petersburg, Florida
Round 5: March 12, 2017; St. Petersburg, Florida
Round 6: April 8, 2017; Long Beach, California
Round 7: April 9, 2017; Long Beach, California
Round 8: May 5, 2017; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 9: May 6, 2017; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 10: May 7, 2017; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 11: June 3, 2017; Detroit, Michigan
Round 12: June 4, 2017; Detroit, Michigan
Round 13: June 10, 2017; Fort Worth, Texas
Round 14: June 10, 2017; Fort Worth, Texas
Round 15: June 16, 2017; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Round 16: June 17, 2017; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Round 17: June 18, 2017; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Round 18: July 1, 2017; China
Round 19 July 2, 2017; China
Round 20: July 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Round 21: July 16, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Round 22: TBA China
Round 23: TBA China
Round 24: TBA China
Round 25: October 6, 2017; FB Life Festival China
Round 26: October 7, 2017; FB Life Festival China
Round 27: October 8, 2017; FB Life Festival China
About SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks
Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.
Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.
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