ADELAIDE, South Australia (March 4, 2016) – 2015 SST Champion Sheldon Creed left off right where he did last November, going on to win the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS opening event of 2016 in thrilling fashion Friday afternoon.
With most drivers struggling to hit their marks on the fast and technical temporary street circuit that makes up the 14-turn 2.012-mile (3.219 km) street course built for the V8 SuperCars.
Paul Morris of Norwell, Queensland and Alpine, Calif. driver Sheldon Creed aggressively charged past truck after truck from their tenth and eleventh starting positions to the withstand a plethora of contact and spinning trucks to place themselves in a shootout for the win the final two laps.
2016 Dakar Motorcycle Champion Toby Price of Aberglasslyn, New South Whales would lead the field on Lap Six, but would suddenly run into trouble as Price’s truck would bicycle around a corner nosing it into the wall suffering extensive damage to his No. 87 Trojan Security/ KTM Motorcycles truck.
The ultra conservative Morris would capitalize on the accident by Price taking his SuperCheap Auto / Hungry Jack’s No. 67 SST truck to the front of the pack, while Creed wasted no time pressuring Morris for the lead nearly beating the rear bumper off of the Morris truck corner after corner.
The final lap would see Morris and Creed put on driving clinic for the ecstatic fans as Creed would pass Morris for the lead in a daring move to the inside. Morris however would use his dirt track racing experience to throw a slide jump on Creed coming to the final corner, Creed well knowing that move was coming rotated the truck and drove back underneath Morris sending the two trucks off the first front stretch ramp side by side.
Morris would get crossed up missing the second ramp-allowing Creed to capture the checkered flag much to the delight of 65,100 Australian motorsports fans.
TRAXXAS racer Keegan Kincaid of Crandon, Wisc., never paid a ticket, but had the best seat in the house to view the Morris Creed duel. Kincaid would cross the finish line behind Morris in the third position.
Veteran Off-Road competitor Robby Gordon from Orange, Calif. finished fourth in the Arctic Cat Wildcat/ Toyo Tires backed entry, while Gold Coast, Queensland racer Matt Brabham rounded out the top five in his United Fiber and Data No. 83 truck.
Penola, South Australia driver Greg Gartner was sixth in his R&J Batteries/Delkor Calcium/ Fuchs NO. 500, followed in seventh by first time SST racer Travis Milburn driving the Move Yourself Trailer & Ute Hire truck. Early race leader Jenner would cross the line in the eighth position, while Robbie Pierce from Santee, Calif. driving the Royal Purple Synthetic Oil truck was credited with ninth in his second ever SST start.
Making contact with multiple objects on the racecourse and suffering a flat tire Gold Coast, Queensland driver Matt Mingay would be recorded with the tenth position. First position starter Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Penn. would encounter mechanical issues at the beginning of the race setting the United Fiber & Data entry back multiple laps off the start. The No. 57 would be recorded in the eleventh position at the completion of the eight laps.
Australian motorsports 2-wheel legend Price who would lead field early in the event, would go on to be credited with twelfth finishing position after failing to complete the scheduled eight laps.
The SST trucks will return to the Adelaide Street Circuit for there second round of the Clipsal 500 on Saturday at 3:30 pm local time in front of an anticipated capacity crowd of over 150,000 motorsports fans.
RACE No. 1 RESULTS:
1. Sheldon Creed; No.1 Alpine, Calif.; TRAXXAS
2. Paul Morris; No. 67 Norwell, Queensland, Aus.; SuperCheapAuto.com/ Hungry Jack’s
3. Keegan Kincaid; No. 47 Crandon, Wisc.; TRAXXAS
4. Robby Gordon; No. 7 Orange, Calif.; Arctic Cat/ SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires / TRAXXAS
5. Matt Brabham; No. 83 Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.; United Fiber & Data/ LIVE/ Think Loud Development
6. Greg Gartner; No. 500 Penola, South Australia, Aus.; R&J Batteries/ Delkor Calcium Battery/ Fuchs
7. Travis Milburn; No. 25 Adelaide, South Australia, Aus.; Move Yourself Trailer & Ute Hire
8. Burt Jenner; No. 50 Los Angeles, Calif.; SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ TRAXXAS
9. Robbie Pierce; No. 30 Santee, Calif.; Royal Purple Synthetic Oil/ Impact by Mastercraft Safety
10. Matt Mingay; No. 2 Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.; Hot Wheels/ Castrol Edge / GoPro
11. Bill Hynes; No. 57 Nazareth, Penn.; United Fiber & Data/ LIVE/ Think Loud Development
12. Toby Price; No. 87 Aberglasslyn, New South Whales, Aus.; Trojan Security/ KTM/ CASE Equipment
About SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS
Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-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.