18-year-old Sheldon Creed has made amends for his spectacular Stadium Super Trucks finish in Adelaide on the streets of Surfers Paradise today leading home a spirited battle just in front of series founder, Robby Gordon.
Creed, who rolled at the finish in Adelaide, got to the lead a couple of laps into the torrid affair in the Traxxas Truck and was fast until Gordon got his bright orange Speed Energy machine hiking through the turns and closing down on the young showstopper.
The pair wowed the massive Gold Coast crowd, both almost coming a cropper on the back straightaway over one of the notorious jumps that saw them fly three storeys high into the Gold Coast sky.
17-year-old Scotty Steele led early on in his Def Leppard/Live-supported truck however drifted back into the clutches of his fellow young sensation, Creed. He ended up annexing the final podium position behind ‘the boss’ Gordon.
Surprisingly, Keegan Kincaid got himself up to position four in the end. The American offroad star had a wild spin and collision with the wall after losing it off one of the jumps.
Following yesterday’s success, the chips were down at Team Australia with a strong battle forming between Matt Brabham (Def Leppard/Live) and Paul ‘The Dude’ Morris – in the end the 21-year-old turned the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Champion around in an effort to get past, only to strike trouble himself later in the same lap. This caused a pileup, also involving Matt Mingay in his Castrol EDGE/Hot Wheels truck.
Last night’s winner, Burt Jenner was edging forward at every step only to clip a tyre barrier performing a full 360 in his Gladiator Tires truck and able to recover for sixth.
Mingay and Brabham were behind Jenner.
Aussie offroad star, Greg Gartner pushed on to come home in ninth spot with Brett Thomas (TFH Hire) home in 10th. Thomas landed on top of Kincaid after one of the front straight jumps midway through the race.
Bill ‘The Thrill’ Hynes in the third of the Def Leppard/Live entries had a wild old 10-laps, collecting the tyres at the final corner after the first lap then was lucky not to go upside down entering the first turn chicane – better than 45 degrees to the racetrack.
The insane Saturday Castrol Gold Coast 600 crowd came to its feet for the Stadium Super Trucks once again and were loud in their appreciation.
Robby Gordon and the Stadium Super Trucks team have been blown away by the response that they’ve received since arriving back in Australia for the first time since the Clipsal 500 in March.
Tomorrow, the Stadium Super Trucks will have two more races where the boys have promised to really get up and at it.
From there, they will be parked up and transported to Valvoline Raceway (Parramatta Speedway) in Sydney for a one-night only, no holds barred arena event held alongside the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship round four. Tickets for that event are available at Ticketek.com.au.