SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — official event release —
Two of the biggest names racing at this weekend’s Castrol Gold Coast 600 — Burt Jenner and Matt Brabham — occupied the first two places in the opening race of the Stadium Super Trucks on Friday.
Californian Jenner in the Gladiator Tires truck annexed the win from the back of the pack during a with Stadium Super Trucks event.
21-year-old Brabham, who grew up mere kilometers from the GC600 track, survived a three-wide opening lap melee that saw all three Def Leppard/Live trucks enter the turn bumping into one another.
The pacesetter in qualifying, 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 champion Paul Morris, got through an early race collision to come home in third position, seeing Team Australia get off to a terrific start.
Early race leader Brett Thomas, in the TFH Fencing truck, was struck with a Penalty Box stoppage — a penalty that also struck Matt Mingay for collecting a water barrier on the backstretch, which turned it into a pinball and triggered a Safety Car.
Brabham was in the thick of the action right throughout, bumping fenders with the Showstopper, Sheldon Creed, in the Traxxas Truck – who came close to emulating his Adelaide rollover on the front straightaway with three laps to go whilst rubbing the tail of Brabham’s Def Leppard/Live truck.
Brabham himself had massive nose-up air, claiming he could see “nothing but sky.”
Others to strike trouble included his teammate – 17-year-old Scotty Steele who lost it on Breaker Street, so too Thomas and Mingay.
Jenner put together the perfect race to make it his third Stadium Super Trucks win of the 2015 season – but the Aussies have their eyes on upshowing the superstar Americans on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
“I’ve really got some momentum on board now,” Jenner said. “I’ve been able to build some confidence among the mayhem. I’ve learned you just need do what you do and run your own race — if you do that, you can make it to the top of the box.
“I’ve just learned with these Stadium Super Trucks that you have to stick to your game plan and things will come together and that confidence comes.”
Brabham finished second.
“After a slight touch with the wall during qualifying that unfortunately gave the guys a bit of work to do, I just realized I needed to man up,” he said. “I had to psyche up, I’ve got my family and many of my friends watching. I just had to go all guns blazing hard as I could. There were people crashing everywhere, it was great, just awesome.”
CREDIT: Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600