The SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks vs. Boost Mobile Super Trucks weekend came to a close with Sunday’s Adelaide 500 Race #3. Shae Davies, a newcomer to the series, wrapped things up with a win in just his third SST start.
Greg Gartner, whose Race #2 was plagued by two trips off course, was joined on the front row by Shaun Richardson. Bill Hynes started third ahead of Sara Price, Matt Mingay, Luke Vanna, Davies, Paul Weel, Paul Morris, and Toby Price. Outside the starting top ten were Race #2 winner Matt Brabham and Race #1 victor Robby Gordon.
An early jump on the green flag by Hynes failed to result in an early advantage due to Gartner being in front of him. Shortly after the race began, Hynes spun entering turn four; Vanna collided with Mingay as they attempted to weave by, turning the former and also forcing Morris to stop. At the front, Sara Price battled with Richardson for second before clearing him at the start of lap two.
On lap three, Davies passed Price for second, while Gordon and Brabham cracked the top five. The two eventually cleared Price to move up to third and fourth, respectively, entering lap five. The competition yellow came out during the lap; at the yellow, Gartner led Davies, Gordon, Brabham, Sara and Price Price, Morris, Weel, Richardson, Vanna, Hynes, and Mingay.
Gartner continued to lead on the lap six restart, but Davies passed him on the inside in the hairpin for first. Behind the two, Gordon continued battling with Brabham for the final podium spot.
On lap seven, Gordon claimed second from Gartner. Brabham eventually took third from Gartner. During the eighth and final lap, Gordon and Brabham attempted to chase Davies, but could not catch him as he scored the victory.
Approaching the final hairpin, Brabham made contact with Gordon as he tried a move for second. Like in Race #2, the two ran side-by-side as Gordon edged him for the runner-up spot. With a win and two second-place finishes, Gordon took the weekend victory by two points.
Although he barely missed on his first SST podium, Gartner tied his best career finish of fourth. Behind were Morris, Toby Price, Weel, Vanna, Hynes, and Sara Price. Mingay and Richardson finished outside the top ten; the latter blew a tyre and had to pit.
“Nabbed the win today on my debut weekend! Absolutely stoked! Thanks so much to @boostaus @ssupertrucks @supercarsdarwin for making it possible. Thanks to @paulthedudemorris & @norwellmotorplex for the tuning up pre-event,” Davies posted on Instagram. “Loving every second of this stuff. Can’t wait for Round 2 in Tassie! 🏆 💥 | The fans for this series are unreal. Thanks so SO MUCH for your support. Amazing to be racing back at home”.