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Sheldon Creed capitalized on the side-by-side racing of the leaders on lap three to set up a pass and cruise his TRAXXAS truck to it’s tenth SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks presented by TRAXXAS victory of 2015 in exhibition race one of the season ending Sydney 500.
Quick qualifier Robby Gordon would work his SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires/TRAXXAS truck through traffic from his 11th starting position to finish second, while P.J. Jones, substitute driving for TRAXXAS driver Keegan Kincaid, would hold off the pressure Paul Morris to complete the podium.
Greg Gartner jumped out to the early lead in the Clipsal 500 Adelaide/Toyo Tires truck, and wasted no time becoming the highlight of the event or for that matter the entire 2015 SST season. Gartner would become crossed up on the first front straight jump, and would launch over the second jump awkwardly and perform some aerial acrobatics. Gartner would not only walk away from the spectacular highlight reel crash, but drove away to finish the event.
Sheldon Creed, the 2015 series champion, proved why he was the champion by aggressively driving to the front and moving past truck after truck from his 10th-place starting position in the first three laps.
With most drivers struggling to hit their marks on the fast and narrow temporary street circuit that makes up the 13-turn 2.1-mile course built for the V8 SuperCars, Creed raced the second half of the eight-lap sprint flawlessly and held the hard charging TRAXXAS teammates of Jones and Gordon behind him to capture the victory.
Gold Coast overall winner Paul Morris drove his SuperCheapAuto.com/Hungry Jack’s truck to the third position early in the event, and drove a very smooth race battling hard with SST veterans Gordon and Jones. Morris kept his truck in one piece and finish conservatively in fourth.
Two-time Australian drift champion Rob Whyte, making his first SST start driving the Just Car Insurance/Motul Oil truck, would drive a very smooth race after making early contact on lap one and spinning. Keeping his truck clean the rest of the event Whyte would finish his first Stadium Super Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS event in the fifth position.
CREDIT: Stadium Super Trucks presented by TRAXXAS