| Perth, Western Australia (May 5, 2018) – Jeff Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona would jump out to a commanding lead late in Sunday’s SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Perth SuperSprint Finale to race to his first ever victory in 26 series starts.
Pole sitter Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Pennsylvania driving the LIVE/ Think Loud Development truck would quickly jump out to the early lead over Penola, South Australia driver Greg Gartner, but that would not last long as Scottsdale, Arizona driver Cole Potts driving the HallmarkTrust.com truck would quickly work his way into the second position past Gardner, and work his way into the lead on Lap-4 past Hynes.
The race was briefly yellow flagged on Lap-5 when multiple water barriers were kicked out onto racing service.
Potts would lead the field as they took the competition caution on Lap-8.
As a slight rain shower would move over the race course Hoffman would move past his LIVE/Think Loud Development teammate of Hynes on the restart to work his way into the second position.
As Hynes would struggle to find grip on the damp racing service, Yucca Valley, California driver Blade Hidlebrand in the Empire Destructive entry would find it as a perfect time aggressively move past Hynes on the inside. Moments later Hynes would fall back even more spots, as the slick conditions would become a challenging factor for the veteran SST racer.
At the front of the field, Hoffman would run down Potts for the lead as the two Arizona natives would battle back and forth half way across the globe. With clean hard racing Hoffman would eventually work his way by Potts on Lap-11 to go on, and capture his first race win in Stadium SUPER Trucks competition.
Potts would cross the finish line ahead Morris in third, while Matt Brabham, and Blade Hildebrand would round out the top five.
However, after the race USAC officials reviewed a situation where Paul Morris of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia would miss a ramp on the front straight away, but continued to advance ahead of Blade Hildebrand. In the drivers briefing before the event it was stated any driver doing that would be removed of the position, and penalized one other for the infraction.
The final results would have Matt Brabham moved up into the third position, with Hildebrand in fourth, and Paul Morris rounding out the top five.
Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona would encounter electrical issues throughout the race really hurting his chances of advancing through the field, and competing for the win. When the final flag was flown the Road Pod entry was scored in the sixth position.
Eighth starting Travis Milburn of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia driving the VP Racing Fuels and Lubricants/ TRG Transport truck would fall back at the beginning of the race, and ultimately would get scored in the seventh position after making contact with Robby Gordon on the last lap.
Saturday’s race winner Arie Luyendyk Jr. from Scottsdale, Arizona would remain stuck mid-pack from his fifth starting position and would get banged around for majority of the race to finish in the eighth position, while Penola, South Australia off-road veteran Greg Gartner driving the R&J Batteries/ Fuchs truck would fall back from his second starting position after getting roughed up to ultimately finish ninth.
First Starting Bill Hynes would jump out to an early lead, and hold off the ten SST trucks behind him for the first two laps showing strong signs of driving the LIVE backed entry to victory. Hynes would go on to be recorded in tenth place after an impressive drive three quarters of the race.
Orange, California driver Robby Gordon driving the SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels entry would make contact with Travis Milburn on the last lap, and would spin his truck into the grass. By the time Gordon would get back on track the entire pack was long gone. Gordon would go on to cross the finish line in the eleventh position.
After his catastrophic roll over on Saturday a very sore Matt Nolan would not be able to compete in Sunday’s SST Finale in his beaten and battered Clipsal/Haymans Electrical & Data Wholesaler truck.
The overall standings over the two races, two shootouts, and qualifying would see Matt Brabham first, Jeff Hoffman second, Paul Morris third, while Blade Hildebrand would capture the fourth overall position.
Matt Brabham would the overall fast qualifier for the weekend.
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will continue the 2018 SST World Championship with Rounds No. 9 & 10; June 1-3 at the Detroit Grand Prix Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan.
Advanced tickets for the Detroit Grand Prix can be purchased online at http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks
Round No. 8 Results
May 6, 2018
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
1. Jeff Hoffman; Phoenix, Arizona; LIVE/ United Fiber & Data/ Think Loud Development
2. Cole Potts; Scottsdale, Arizona; HallmarkTrust.com/ Innovative Computer Professionals
3. Matt Brabham; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; DeVILBISS/ Hawk Performance/ HeadStrong/ Preston Hire/ KMC Wheels
4. Blade Hildebrand; Yucca Valley, California; Empire Destructive/ HeatWave/ MPI/ King Shocks
5. Paul Morris; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; Aleabrax Systems Commercial Hot Water Solutions
6. Gavin Harlien; Mesa, Arizona; Road Pod Transportation Transformed
7. Travis Milburn; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; VP Racing Fuel & Lubricants/ TRG Transport/ Move Yourself Trailer and Ute Rental
8. Arie Luyendyk Jr.; Scottsdale, Arizona; TI Solutions/ United Fiber & Data
9. Greg Gartner; Penola, South Australia, Aus.; R&J Batteries/ Fuchs/ Case IH
10. Bill Hynes; Nazareth, Penn.; LIVE/ United Fiber & Data/ Think Loud Development
11. Robby Gordon; Orange, Calif.; SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels/ Menards
DNS Matt Nolan; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; Clipsal/ Haymans Electrical & Data Wholesaler / APEC/ Gallery Homes/ Connect Connections/ BOLD Living/ Fuzion Lighting
2018 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Winners
Round No. Race Location Race Date Winner
1 Lake Elsinore, California January 27, 2018 Bill Hynes
Overall: Jeff Hoffman
2 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 2, 2018 Cole Potts
3 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 3, 2018 Robby Gordon
4 Adealide, SA, Australia March 4, 2018 Matt Brabham
Overall: Matt Brabham
5 Long Beach, California April 14, 2018 Gavin Harlien
6 Long Beach, California April 15, 2018 Matt Brabham
Overall: Matt Brabham
7 Perth, WA, Australia May 5, 2018 Arie Luyenkdyk Jr.
8 Perth, WA, Australia May 6, 2018 Jeff Hoffman
Overall: Matt Brabham
2018 Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Schedule
Round 1: January 27, 2018; Lake Elsinore, California
Round 2: March 2, 2018; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 3: March 3, 2018; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 4: March 4, 2018; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 5: April 14, 2018; Long Beach, California
Round 6: April 15, 2018; Long Beach, California
Round 7: May 4, 2018; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 8: May 5, 2018; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 9: May 6, 2018; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 10: June 2, 2018; Detroit, Michigan
Round 11: June 3, 2018; Detroit, Michigan
Round 12: June 9, 2018; Fort Worth, Texas
Round 13: June 9, 2018; Fort Worth, Texas
Round 14: August 24, 2018; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Round 15: August 25, 2018; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Round 16: October 19, 2018; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Round 17: October 20, 2018; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Round 18: October 21, 2018; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Round 19 November TBA
Round 20: November TBA
Round 21: November TBA
Round 22: November 30, 2018; California
Round 23: December 1, 2018; California
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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