The first weekend of the 2020 Boost Mobile Super Trucks season ended with Shae Davies winning Race #3 at Adelaide. While the 2021 season opener took place at Symmons Plains Raceway instead, the weekend wrapped in similar fashion as Davies won the third and final round after battling with Paul Morris.
With a field inversion from Race #2, Dave Casey started on the pole in front of Russell Ingall. Morris, who won the first two races, started at the back while Davies began his race in fifth after finishing second in Race #2.
Like in the previous race, Ingall took off at the green (or Australian) flag to lead right away. Entering turn five, Casey went off course and fell to the back as he rejoined the surface. Weel moved up to second with Shaun Richardson in third as the second lap began.
On lap three, Weel made his move on the inside line in the turn four hairpin, which worked to his favour when he cleared Ingall for the lead. Ingall faced challenges from Morris and Richardson through the final two turns, which enabled Weel to build a slight margin entering lap four. Casey entered turn three at a poor angle and ran into the grass again, forcing him to skip the jump.
At the first competition yellow on lap five, Weel led Morris, Ingall, Davies, Richardson, and Casey.
The field ran single file as the race resumed before Morris had a run through turn five to catch Weel. Behind the top two, Ingall went wide as he landed shortly after lap six began and lost third to Davies, followed by Richardson doing the same.
In turn four, Weel attempted to pass Morris on the outside but slid and collided with Davies, sending Weel into the wall. Ingall was promoted to second with Davies in tow before the latter took the spot in turn seven.
On lap nine, Davies took the lead in turn six. When the final competition caution came out, the order was Davies, Morris, Ingall, Richardson, Weel, and Casey.
The last restart set up two-lap sprint to the finish. Morris caught Davies in turn six and made the overtake in the next corner along the inside. As lap eleven began, Davies landed on his nose (a recurring trend for him throughout the weekend) but maintained enough of a run to pass him. In turn six, Ingall spun after contact from Richardson, who was racing Weel, and fell to last.
On the penultimate lap, Morris tried another move on Davies through the last two turns, which placed them side-by-side coming to the white flag, but could not take the position. Morris finally cleared him in turn five, but his hopes of a weekend sweep were dashed when Davies attempted a crossover on the inside in turns six and seven, successfully passing him and beating him to the finish.
It is Davies’s second career victory and a strong end to a weekend that began with him being plagued by truck troubles.
“Got the W in the last race,” Davies posted on Instagram. “Really enjoyed the mega battle with @paulthedudemorris for the win. Thanks to @stadiumsupertrucks @boostaus @supercarsdarwin @ntgovernment for putting on such a great show. Can’t wait for the next one in @city_of_darwin (Darwin Triple Crown)”.
With two wins and a runner-up, Morris took the overall weekend victory; he wrote of “Ripper Battles” with the field in his Instagram post. Sheldon Creed at Texas in 2019 remains the last driver to win every race in a weekend, while E.J. Viso at Detroit in 2014 is still the only one to sweep a weekend of at least three rounds.
Richardson finished third for his third career podium. Weel, Casey, and Ingall rounded out the field.
“Well that didn’t end up as planned for the last race,” posted Weel. “Finished with a 3rd place overall for the fist round of @stadiumsupertrucks @boostaus Thanks to all boys for the hard work on the truck all weekend and thanks to my partners @kmcwheelsau @pwrperformanceproducts Can’t wait until the next round in Darwin in June.”
“Had a ripper weekend in Tassy for our debut in the @stadiumsupertrucks,” Casey’s Instagram post read. “We got faster each race and learnt a lot along the way (still heaps to go) and had the time of my life. Would like to thank @autoworxcq and @chauvel_ind_services for backing us, my family, the awesome SST mechanics who prepped the truck all weekend and @cayznathan (Nathan Cayzer, series manager) and @paulthedudemorris for giving me this fantastic opportunity.
“Hopefully see ya’ll in @supercarsdarwin Darwin Supercars.”
“Glad I took the last minute call up,” Ingall began. “Always good to get back behind the wheel, no matter what it is. Fun to be running up the front – unfortunately got tagged by someone that ran out of talent. Maybe thats the thing with Stadium Trucks, it’s not a matter of if, it’s when and that’s what makes them so exciting.”
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