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DeVILBISS and Matt Brabham capture Darwin Australia SST Race 2

Darwin, Northern Territory (June 17, 2017) – Matt Brabham driving the DeVILBISS No. 83 truck captured Saturday’s thrilling second round of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks (SST) Darwin Triple Crown at the Hidden Valley Raceway besting Mesa, Arizona driver Gavin Harlien to the line after a tremendous battle between the two throughout the race.

Jumping out to an early lead from his fifth starting position Matt Brabham from Gold Coast, Queensland wasted no time setting the pace of the event working his way past truck after truck to the front. Following in the Toyo Tire tracks of Brabham was Detroit and Texas overall winner Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona.

Harlien showed how fast his Royal Purple Synthetic Oil truck was today sliding back and forth all over the track, going off in the grass, and still able to come within a truck length of Brabham for the lead. As Harlien would challenge Brabham for the lead multiple times, he would never be able to keep the No. 55 truck in front of the smooth driving Brabham.

While the two young hot-shoes were battling hard for the lead, savvy off-road veteran Robby Gordon of Orange, California was making a charge to the front of the pack from his seventh starting position. After a late race red flag that saw Gold Coast, Australia driver Paul Morris flip over on his side. Gordon used that to his advantage to dive to the inside of multiple trucks on the restart including Harlien placing Gordon in the second position.

The last corner would see Harlien get by Gordon for second place, as the Gordon truck would run out of fuel. Spitting and sputtering the SafeCraft Safety Equipment truck would coast to a third place finish.  

Brabham would go on to capture his third victory of the 2017 season ahead of Harlien, and Gordon.

TruFuel 50:1 driver Jeff Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona would continue his weekend of respectable finishes racing hard in the top five again throughout Saturday’s event to be recorded in the fourth position.

Craig Dontas from Adelaide, South Australia finished fifth in the Shannon’s Insurance entry driving a great race, keeping all panels on the truck to break his bad luck streak that started after capturing victory at the Clipsal 500 back in March. Fellow South Australian Greg Gartner from Penola would start in the second position, and drop back to mid pack by Lap-2 after getting off track several times. Settling into a good rhythm the driver of the R & J Batteries truck would be credited with the sixth position.

Race 1 winner Paul Morris of Gold Coast, Queensland was credited with the seventh position in the Morris Finance truck after making contact with the wall thru the front stretch chicane. After coming to a complete stop Morris would climb up the tire barrier, and tip over bringing out the red flag. The SST recover crew would tip the No. 67 back on four Toyo Tires and let him continue.

Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Penn. would be credited with the eighth position after encountering transmission issues on the warm up lap in the Road Pod Transport Transformed truck. After starting from the first position and leading the first two laps not having completely working transmission would be too much for the veteran driver, as the rest of the field would navigate past him as he struggled to keep pace.

The Stadium SUPER Trucks finale of the Darwin Triple Crown weekend at the Hidden Valley Raceway will be contested Sunday afternoon at 4:30 P.M. local time.

Fans can tune into the race by visiting http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com or by viewing the Stadium SUPER Trucks Facebook Live at http://www.facebook.com/StadiumSuperTrucks

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks 
Round No. 16 Results 
June 17, 2017 
Hidden Valley Raceway 
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

1. Matt Brabham; Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.; DeVILBISS/ Hawk Performance/ KMC Wheels

2. Gavin Harlien; Mesa, Arizona; Royal Purple Synthetic Oil

3. Robby Gordon; Orange, Calif.; Safecraft Safety Equipment/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels

4. Jeff Hoffman; Phoenix, Arizona; TruFuel 50:1

5. Craig Dontas; Adelaide, South Australia, Aus.; Shannons Insurance/ Milwaukee Tools/ Auto Masters

6. Greg Gartner; Penola, South Australia, Aus.; R&J Batteries/ Fuchs/ Case IH Agriculture/ Delkor Calcium Battery

7. Paul Morris; Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.; Morris Finance

8. Bill Hynes; Nazareth, Penn.; Road Pod Transport Transformed


2017 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Winners 
Round No.   Race Location                   Race Date              Winner 


1                  Adelaide, SA, Australia      March 3, 2017          Craig Dontas

2                  Adelaide, SA, Australia      March 4, 2017          Sheldon Creed

3                  Adelaide, SA, Australia      March, 5, 2017          Paul Morris

4                  St. Petersburg, Florida      March 11, 2017          Robby Gordon

5                  St. Petersburg, Florida      March 12, 2017          Matt Brabham

6                  Long Beach, California      April 8, 2017              Matt Brabham

7                 Long Beach, California       April 9, 2017              Robby Gordon

8                  Perth, WA, Australia         May 6, 2017               Sheldon Creed

9                  Perth, WA, Australia         May 7, 2017               Robby Gordon

10                Perth, WA, Australia         May 8, 2017               Sheldon Creed

11                Detroit, Michigan              June 3, 2017              Sheldon Creed

 
12                Detroit, Michigan              June 4, 2017              Sheldon Creed
 
13                No Limits, Texas              June 10, 2017             P.J. Jones
 
14               No Limits, Texas               June 10, 2017            Sheldon Creed 
 
15               Darwin, NT, Australia        June 16, 2017             Paul Morris
 
16               Darwin, NT, Australia        June 17, 2017             Matt Brabham

2017 Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Schedule 
Round 1: March 3, 2017; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 
Round 2: March 4, 2017; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 
Round 3: March 5, 2017; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 
Round 4: March 11, 2017; St. Petersburg, Florida 
Round 5: March 12, 2017; St. Petersburg, Florida 
Round 6: April 8, 2017; Long Beach, California 
Round 7: April 9, 2017; Long Beach, California 
Round 8: May 5, 2017; Perth, Western Australia, Australia 
Round 9: May 6, 2017; Perth, Western Australia, Australia 
Round 10: May 7, 2017; Perth, Western Australia, Australia 
Round 11: June 3, 2017; Detroit, Michigan 
Round 12: June 4, 2017; Detroit, Michigan 
Round 13: June 10, 2017; Fort Worth, Texas 
Round 14: June 10, 2017; Fort Worth, Texas 
Round 15: June 16, 2017; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia 
Round 16: June 17, 2017; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia 
Round 17: June 18, 2017; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia 
Round 18: July 1, 2017; China 
Round 19 July 2, 2017; China 
Round 20: July 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
Round 21: July 16, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
Round 22: TBA China 
Round 23: TBA China 
Round 24: TBA China 
Round 25: October 6, 2017; FB Life Festival China 
Round 26: October 7, 2017; FB Life Festival China 
Round 27: October 8, 2017; FB Life Festival China

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