Australian drivers have excelled at the myPlates Stadium Super Trucks event at Valvoline Raceway in Sydney with third generation star, Matt Brabham coming home second in the final and Adelaide’s Greg Gartner winning the second race, while 18-year old American superstar, Sheldon Creed wowed with two race wins, including the final.
San Diego, California racer, Creed made the the Australian crowds stand up with his never-say-die attack mode – qualifying fastest and taking two wins – the first defeating arch rival and team-mate, Keegan Kincaid and the third race, having another epic battle with The Boss, Robby Gordon.
The final was the race of the night. Creed and Gordon entered the final lap of a frantic last moto side-by-side, with Gordon attempting to rough up the youngster. Creed – in the Traxxas truck – fought back up the inside of Gordon – the pair colliding as they headed to the mega infield crossover, bursting the tyre on Gordon’s Speed Energy machine.
This enabled Matt Brabham through for second in the Def Leppard/Live truck and the melee – which was one of many on the track – brought Brabham’s team owner, Bill Hynes home third.
The final of the Team Hynes trucks, that of Scotty Steele was on for a podium until being turned around by Gordon two laps before the finish.
The last three laps saw the field brought under officials’ control when Supercheap Auto-backed Paul Morris rolled to his side. After a number of hard landings off the infield jumps, Morris ended on his side before being placed back up on all fours and promptly continued on – ultimately finishing third overall on combined points.
The second race of the night was an all Aussie affair with Adelaide’s Greg Gartner taking his first Stadium Super Trucks win and Morris following him home. Gartner in the Clipsal 500/Toyo Tires backed entry was in his element as a former speedway racer, when the track was reduced to using the 460 metre oval with jumps after a rain shower had dampened the infield SST track beyond a safe passage of use.
The track team worked with Stadium Super Trucks officials to make sure that an epic final could take place in front of the huge Valvoline Raceway crowd.
In the first race of the night, young Americans Creed and Keegan Kincaid put on a Stadium Super Trucks clinic to lead home Matty Mingay – who was looking to emulate last weekend’s last gasp victory in the Hot Wheels Stadium Super Truck. Up until the competition caution, it looked like an Australian boilover was on the cards with Mingay, Morris and Brabham all in the top five. The control lap brought the Americans back into contention and a flat tyre cost Morris any chance.
Ultimate Sprintcar racer, Danny Reidy – who jumped straight in after his last minute callup to the TFH Hire truck last night – acquitted himself well and was in the thick of the rough and tumble action. He had no shortage of laps, exiting his Desert Palms Resort Sprintcar after 30 gruelling laps in the Final event only to complete the 12-lap myPlates Stadium Super Trucks finale.
Burt Jenner was another to come off second best in the final race, his Gladiator Tires truck looked had the hood flipping up for much of the race blocking his view. He finished sixth and fourth in the opening two races. Wisconsin’s Kincaid didn’t show the consistency that has become customary of the Traxxas ‘tall timber’.
Thus brings to a close what has been an thrilling return to Australia for the myPlates Stadium Super Trucks, with the Valvoline Raceway event presented by the Daily Telegraph.
The overall wins on the Gold Coast and in Sydney were shared by Paul Morris and Sheldon Creed respectively, whilst the category has shown that it has a place on the Australian motorsport calendar across multiple surfaces.
Next week, the global series comes to a close at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The next time the Stadium Super Trucks are scheduled to be in Australia is in March at the Clipsal 500.
FROM OVER THE JUMPS:
SHELDON CREED – 1st in Final; 1st Overall
“That battle with Robby was intense – normally I’d be able to see where he was, but it was that full of mud I could barely see anything and he got underneath me. He squared me up real good and I looked at what was going on and thought ‘I can’t let him get away with with’ – so I had a crack back at him and gave it my all – we were able to get away with the win. To win two races tonight in front of the Aussie fans has been great, we’ve had a blast in Australia racing Stadium Super Trucks and the people have been wonderful. We can’t wait to come back next time.”
MATT BRABHAM – 2nd in Final
“I was just trying to survive out there to be honest! I was avoiding the carnage and trying to keep it clean. By the final race, I finally felt as though I had racing on dirt figured out. I had an absolute blast and working out how to race on the dirt was awesome.
“I can’t thank Bill Hynes, Def Leppard and Live enough for putting this deal together – and I’m stoked to see him up here as well. Bill did everything in getting me back to Australia to be part of Stadium Super Trucks and I couldn’t be happier. It’s great to be up here and I love racing on the dirt now!”
BILL HYNES – 3rd in Final
“It’s my first podium in Stadium Super Trucks and the first time that I’ve ever raced on the dirt, so I love it right now. I really want to soak this up – it’s been an amazing time in Australia meeting all of the fans and getting to race in two very unique venues. For the Def Leppard/Live team, we’ve really enjoyed being here and being part of the visit. I am really going to enjoy this one!”
GREG GARTNER – 2nd Overall, 1st in Race 2
“You’ve got to have a laugh at all this, I’ve really enjoyed it. These Stadium Super Trucks have a bunch of character and are just awesome fun. I’ve been fortunate that a great group of people have helped put this deal together with Robby, including the team at Clipsal 500 and Toyo Tires. It has been a new experience, my aim was to keep it clean – and in the second race tonight some of the old speedway experience came to the fore. I just love it, it’s been brilliant!”
PAUL MORRIS – 3rd Overall
“This has got to be the best racing ever. I end up on my side with three laps to go, they push me back up, I keep going and then they tell me I’m on the podium overall! Racing the Stadium Super Truck particularly this time on dirt is like nothing I’ve ever done. The big crossover jump was unreal and I landed pretty heavy on Thursdayduring practice but just keep pushing on. To do this on both the Gold Coast and here at Parramatta, where I’ve raced a Sprintcar before was really cool. They are a great group of guys and we’ve had a lot of fun, I can’t wait to do it again.”