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‘The DUDE’ Paul Morris Wins SST Darwin Opener in Thrilling Fashion

Darwin, Northern Territory (June 16, 2017) – Veteran Aussie driver Paul Morris came into today’s Race 1 in Darwin looking for serious redemption as the last time he was on Australian soil (May/Perth) a last lap tangle with another driver spoiled an over all weekend victory.

With this weekend being the first visit of the SST trucks to fast and technical Hidden Valley Raceway that makes up the 14-turn 1.78-mile (2.85 km) course built for the newly re-named SuperCars series many drivers would struggle to hit their marks throughout the race running off the track into the grass.

However, the two drivers that would have no issues making there way through the field and on track would be Paul Morris of Gold Coast, Queensland and Orange, California driver Robby Gordon. The two veteran racers aggressively charged past truck after truck from their fourth and seventh starting positions respectively to put on a show for the fans at the front of the field the final six laps.

The two iconic racing heroes of Australia and the United States battled back and forth swapping the lead six different times with clean hard racing nearly colliding with each other multiple times. The last lap would see Morris complete a daring move to the inside of Gordon for the final time as the Morris Finance/ SuperCheap Auto No. 67 was just too much for the SafeCraft Safety Equipment entry. Morris would go on to capture the win much to the delight of thousands of screaming Australian Stadium SUPER Truck fans.

DeVILBISS racer Matt Brabham of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia never paid for a ticket, but had the best seat in the house to view the Morris/Gordon duel. Brabham would cross the finish line behind Gordon in the third position after leading the first two laps of the 12-lap event.

Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona the hottest driver on the SST circuit the last month picking up overall victories at both Detroit and Fort Worth the last two weeks would qualify his Royal Purple Synthetic Oil truck in fourth in his first ever visit to Hidden Valley Raceway. Driving smart and keeping the truck in one piece to capture

Friday Fast Qualifier Jeff Hoffman driving the TruFuel 50:1 truck would advance from his last starting position after the full field inversion to run in the fifth position following his teammate and friend Gavin Harlien the entire race. On a tricky track to pass on for the SST trucks Hoffman would finish the race in the fifth position. Picking up valuable points in the weekend overall chase.

Greg Gartner from Penola, South Australia making his seventh SST start of 2017 finished sixth in the R & J Batteries/ Delkor Calcium Battery backed entry, while Adelaide, South Australia Ute veteran Craig Dontas would continue his struggles behind the wheel of the Shannon’s Insurance backed SST claiming the seventh position after sliding off course various times.

Front row starter Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Pennsylvania whom would feel under the weather upon arriving to Australia would fight thru flew like symptoms to keep the Road Pod Transport Transformed truck on track to finish the race in the eighth spot.

The SST trucks will return to the Hidden Valley Raceway for there second round of the Darwin Supercars weekend on Saturday at 3:10 P.M. local time in front of an anticipated capacity crowd.

Fans can tune into the race by visiting or by viewing the Stadium SUPER Trucks Facebook Live at

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks 
Round No. 15 Results 
June 16, 2017 
Hidden Valley Raceway 
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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