The SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks have signed a rights deal with Boost Mobile to continue racing in Australia beyond the 2019 season. The agreement will last for three years.
Speedcafe broke the news on Saturday, coming at a fitting time as the series had been hosting a two-race weekend at the Barbagallo Raceway in Perth. Peter Adderton, founder and CEO of Boost Mobile, has also opened discussion with officials from the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship to keep SST as a regular support event for the series beyond 2019. According to reports, such plans surfaced when Adderton communicated with VASC CEO Sean Seamer at Formula One’s Australian Grand Prix in March, which eventually evolved to include Gordon.
To help Adderton with the plans, he hired Nathan Cayzer, the former general manager of the Adelaide 500 (an event currently contested by SST) who, along with driver Craig Dontas, convinced Gordon to bring the American-based series to Australia in 2015. Reigning SST champion Paul Morris’ Paul Morris Motorsport organization will assist in logistics.
“What we do with [SST] and what the final championship looks like is in the hands of third parties, including Supercars, who we are looking forward to sitting down with again,” Adderton stated in the Speedcafe report. “So many people have identified the potential of the Stadium Super Trucks, but we have done something about it.”
“Watching these SST trucks for the first time, the crowd reaction was a real eye opener for me and I believe the motorsport fans deserved more than just three events.”
After running in North American during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, SST made its Australian debut at Adelaide in 2015, with E.J. Viso winning the first race. The 2018 schedule features four stops in Australia: Adelaide in March, Perth, Gold Coast in October, and Newcastle in November. An Australian – Matt Brabham – currently leads the SST points standings.
In addition to Perth, Gold Coast, and Newcastle, the Speedcafe article lists Albert Park, Darwin, and Townsville as other potential destinations. Townsville saw three SST rounds in 2016, while Darwin also hosted three races in 2017. Tailem Bend, South Australia’s newly-opened The Bend Motorsport Park has also been brought up along with a possible return to the X Games; SST was an event in the 2014 and 2015 X Games at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Games were moved to Sydney starting in 2018, a city featuring Valvoline Raceway, a dirt track that previously hosted an SST race in 2015.
Regardless of whether or not an agreement could be reached with VASC, Adderton intends to field standalone events for SST.
“Whether Supercars want to play ball with us or not, we will be taking Stadium Super Trucks to a whole new level in this country and building on what is already a large, young and engaged audience,” he commented.
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