The Stadium Super Trucks have electrified the Castrol Gold Coast 600 this weekend in front of a record crowd with Matt Mingay becoming the first Aussie to win a Stadium Super Trucks race and his fellow Gold Coaster, Paul Morris taking the overall pointscore.
Mingay and Morris were locked in a last lap battle heading onto the back straightaway – the duo were in a door-to-door 200kph dog fight approaching one of the notorious jumps. Mingay was able to hold the foot flat to take the lead while soaring eight metres in the air.
This led to rapturous scenes in Mingay’s highrise apartment block mere metres away on the circuit when the Australian extreme athlete passed his delighted family.
The Hot Wheels/Castrol EDGE driver held on despite the rib injury he’s been nursing all weekend beating home Supercheap Auto-backed Morris and Keegan Kincaid in the Traxxas truck.
The race was cut short following a rollover at turn one for the TFH Hire machine of Brett Thomas. Crews were able to roll Thomas over and send him on his way with little damage being done structurally to the truck.
Matt Brabham was eliminated after contact with team-mate Scotty Steele and South Aussie Greg Gartner flew awkwardly off one of the Main Beach jumps in his Clipsal 500/Toyo Tires backed truck and collected the wall.
Earlier in the day, yesterday’s winner, the Showstopper, 18-year-old Sheldon Creed tasted success again bringing his Traxxas truck home in front of 17-year-old Scotty Steele in the Def Leppard/Live truck and Master Chief Robby Gordon – whose truck underwent a complete transformation overnight to be run in the colours of Xbox Halo 5 Guardians, which will be released nationally tomorrow.
Matt Brabham was a one man highlight reel in the utterly mental race, having one of the hardest landings ever recorded in a Stadium Super Truck. The Def Leppard/Live Australian Tour truck was almost perpendicular to the racetrack when he landed but carried on as though nothing happened. He then careered into the wall later in the race with the brakes fading after tough weekend.
21-year-old Brabham was released from the medical centre with nothing more than dented pride and a minor abrasion to his leg.
The Stadium Super Trucks were once again a massive hit at one of the V8 Supercars marquee events, with this year’s Castrol Gold Coast 600 attracting a record crowd of 197,782 – many of whom showed great appreciation to the Stadium Super Trucks drivers.
From here, the Stadium Super Trucks will be loaded up and sent to Sydney for the double header with the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship next Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway, Wentworth Street, Granville.
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FROM OVER THE JUMPS
MATT MINGAY – 1st RACE 4:
“I’m stoked, I can’t believe it – so cool to think that I’m the first ever Aussie to win a Stadium Super Trucks race and to do it here in front of my home crowd and family is awesome.
“My apartment is on the circuit and when I went past in the lead the whole building just went off!
“Coming onto the backstraight I was side by side with Paul and knew it had to be a game of chicken. I backed myself as I have done these jumps so many times now as part of my Hot Wheels extreme sports demonstrations that I just planted my foot flat to the floor and hung on! We got away with it. It’s so very pleasing, these things are just wild.”
PAUL MORRIS – OVERALL ROUND WINNER
“It’s been an awesome weekend, normally there is a lot of pressure and thinking when you go racing – but here you let your driving do your talking and can relax and have fun.
“The guys up the front are the best in the world at this type of racing.
“After being quick on Friday I thought that it may have been local knowledge, but then it just started coming to me and using my old head, it just came together.
“Commercially, Stadium Super Trucks is fantastic, it delivers great exposure to your sponsors, nothing in motorsport gives as good a return as this – the phone has been running hot with people wanting to jump on board. It provides a very sound commercial proposition and we’re going to try and make more races happen – perhaps even in Vegas in two weeks time.
“I think I’ve found my new career!”
SHELDON CREED – Winner Race 2 and 3
“I spent today trying to be smooth and calm trying to get through the traffic, I got tied up and dropped back to ninth or 10th and had to put my head down. We were going for the overall win after winning two races and it was all about battling forward, I thought we were going to have more time but they cut the race short after the second Safety Car, which made it tough.
“I’m really glad to be up here with these guys, it’s pretty cool that The Dude (Morris) took the win in his first SST event and that Mingay won the race today, these things aren’t easy to drive at all.”
MASTER CHIEF ROBBY GORDON – FOUNDER, STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS
“I cannot believe the welcome that Stadium Super Trucks has had on the Gold Coast this weekend, almost every time I’ve turned around fans have just been swamping us and talking about Stadium Super Trucks. It’s fantastic. This race holds a special place for me from IndyCar days when I took my first podium and now this weekend has added something else.
“Our guys have truly loved the place, it is just so relaxing and has been so much fun. To see a record Castrol Gold Coast 600 crowd of nearly 198,000 people is so cool. Kudos to V8 Supercars and the Queensland Government for such a wonderful result. We hope we were able to contribute to that and that we can come back in the future.
“Now the focus is getting these trucks packed up, shipped to Sydney so we can tear apart the Valvoline Raceway in Parramatta next Saturday night!”