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E.J. Viso won the first SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas race of 2015 in convincing fashion, charging from sixth on the grid as 10 trucks took the green flag during Clipsal 500 weekend in Victoria Park on Friday.
Veteran Off-Road competitor Robby Gordon from Orange, Calif., finished second while newcomer Matt Mingay of Gold Coast, Queensland completed the podium.
Viso was aggressive from the start and moved past truck after truck from his sixth-place starting position on the first lap, and then capitalized on a mistake by early leader and former V8 Supercar driver Nathan Pretty of Melbourne on lap two of the shorted five-lap event and never looked back.
With most drivers struggling to hit their marks on the fast and technical temporary circuit that makes up the 14-turn 2.012-mile (3.219 km) course built for the V8 SuperCars, Viso and Gordon raced flawlessly as they pulled away from the hornet’s nest of trucks battling for position behind them.
Mingay, who raced with a conservative style from his seventh starting position, stayed close to the charging Traxxas teammates Keegan Kincaid and Sheldon Creed who both started on the last row and made their way through the field with an aggressive attack. The white flag lap would see Kincaid and Creed make contact in turn 13, allowing Mingay to capitalize on the mistake and nab his first SST podium.
Traxxas teammates Kincaid and Creed finished fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Australian first time SST racers Toby Price and Brad Gallard. Bill Hynes took the eighth spot ahead of Pretty who experienced mechanical failure on lap three. Charles Dorrance had an early race accident and was credited with 10th.
CREDIT: Formula Off-Road