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SST: Gold Coast Race #3 Recap

The third and final SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks round of the Gold Coast 600 weekend took place on Sunday.

Sheldon Creed and Matt Nolan were involved in crashes during practice. Creed and Nolan started 11th and 4th, respectively, for the race while Craig Dontas started on the pole. Dontas led the first lap before Sara Price took the lead, but she cut a chicane on the track and was forced to relinquish her position back to Dontas. Later on the lap, Nolan collided with Bill Hynes, the two spinning out. On lap 3, Dontas hit the wall; though he was able to save the truck, he began to drop. Eventually, Shaun Richardson touched Robby Gordon’s truck, spinning him.

The first of two competition cautions was flown on lap 4 and Paul Morris took the lead. The race resumed on lap 5 and Morris led until lap 6 when Matt Brabham passed him. Morris attempted to maintain his position but also cut a chicane, which relegated him to 3rd. After jumping off a ramp, Richardson crashed into a barrier, which spun him multiple times, but was able to continue.

Creed took the lead on lap 7, leading until the second competition caution a lap later. When the race resumed, the Traxxas teammates of Creed and Brabham battled for the win. On lap 9, Brabham, collided with a chicane barrier, the third such instance of the region being hit by a truck, though no caution was called. Despite Brabham’s charges, Creed was able to hold him off to claim his 12th win of the season and 2nd of the weekend.

Brabham and Toby Price completed the podium. Gordon recovered from his spin to finish 4th while Morris finished 5th. Sara Price, Greg Gartner and Richardson finished 6th, 7th and 8th, respectively. 9th-place finisher Nolan ended the race one lap down while Dontas finished 10th. Hynes was classified with an 11th-place finish. P. J. Jones collided with Brabham on the first lap and crashed into the tire barrier, where he was also clipped by Toby Price and Gordon. He eventually retired from the race with power steering problems.

Featured image courtesy of @SSuperTrucks

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