Gordon and Brabham Victorious at SST Race of Champions Mexico as Brabham Clinches 2018 SST World Championship Title

31 Jan 2019
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SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks concluded the extended 2018 SST World Championship season this past weekend in conjunction with the Race of Champions event at Foto Sol in Mexico City, Mexico.

Race of Champions is an annual event featuring champion drivers from all over the world competing head to head on a unique technical track to test their skills in various unique race vehicles.

Operating in direct conjunction with the Race of Champions; 10 Stadium SUPER Truck drivers would have the opportunity to compete head to head for two knock out elimination races on the same exact Race of Champions track, but with the addition of two SST signature 36-inch tall aluminum ramps.

After the completion of an hour-long practice and qualifying session Friday evening, Orange, California driver; Robby Gordon would claim the number one seed for Saturday’s race as the quickest qualifier with his familiar bright orange SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels entry.

Round one on Saturday would feature five elimination races immediately cutting the field in half.

The number one seed of Robby Gordon would line up his Toyo Tires against the tenth seed of Baja 100 Off-Road Champion Apdaly Lopez of Tecate, Mexico for three laps with the fastest time of the two competitors advancing. Lopez would immediately hit a cone inquiring a five second penalty to his overall time easily allowing Gordon to advance to the second round.

The second race would put Yucca Valley, California driver Blade Hildebrand alongside Alpine, California racer Jerett Brooks driving the vibrant blue United Fiber and Data machine. Hildebrand would complete the three laps the fastest eliminating Brooks early from the competition.

Jeff Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona in the LIVE/Think Loud entry would line up against United Fiber and Data driver Casey Mears of Scottsdale, Arizona in the third race. However, Mears would hit a cone applying a five second penalty to his overall time handing the victory over to Hoffman.

The fourth match up to hit the track would feature the SST Championship Points Leader of Matt Brabham from Gold Coast, Australia against Scottsdale, Arizona native Cole Potts. Brabham would race smart and consistent avoiding any cones to easily beat Potts to advance to the next round.

Gavin Harlien in the United Fiber & Data truck would match up again the VP Racing Lubricants and Oil driver of Davey Hamilton Jr. Harlien would lay down one of the fastest laps of the day beating Hamilton Jr. to move on.  

Round two of head to head knock out racing would see Gordon claim victory over Hoffman, Brabham defeat Hildebrand, and Harlien easily working his way past Potts the Round 1 lucky loser. All three drivers would move on to round three.

The third round would see Gordon defeat Harlien to move on to the finals against Brabham whom would easily claim victory over the fastest loser Potts in the second semi-final.

Race of Champion Saturday Finals would see Brabham go head to head with Robby Gordon for the victory. In the closest race of the day Gordon would inch past Brabham by mere seconds to capture the win.

Saturday Results

January 19, 2019

Round 1

Robby Gordon Def Apdaly Lopez

Blade Hildebrand Def Jerett Brooks

Jeff Hoffman Def Casey Mears

Matt Brabham Def Cole Potts

Gavin Harlien Def Davey Hamilton Jr.

Fast Loser: Cole Potts

Round 2

Robby Gordon Def Jeff Hoffman

Matt Brabham Def Blade Hildebrand

Gavin Harlien Def Cole Potts

Fast Loser: Cole Potts

Round 3

Robby Gordon Def Gavin Harlien

Matt Brabham Def Cole Potts

Final

Robby Gordon Def Matt Brabham

Final Results

  1. Robby Gordon
  2. Matt Brabham
  3. Cole Potts
  4. Gavin Harlien
  5. Jeff Hoffman
  6. Blade Hildebrand
  7. Jerett Brooks
  8. Casey Mears
  9. Davey Hamilton Jr.
  10. Apdaly Lopez

For the Sunday afternoon SST Race of Champions Final drivers were re-seeded based on their results from Saturday’s event.

Round one would feature five elimination races replicating the exact format that was done on Saturday.

The first race Sunday would feature the Devilbiss/BulletLiner driver of Matt Brabham lining up against Davey Hamilton Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana for three laps. In a very close race Brabham was able to defeat Hamilton to move on to the second round.

In a rematch of Saturday’s Round 1 Jeff Hoffman would line up against United Fiber & Data driver Casey Mears. Mears looking for revenge on Hoffman would keep a consistent pace and win the event, but would be penalized for hitting a cone handing the win back over to Hoffman.  

Also in a rematch of Saturday’s Round 1 Blade Hildebrand in the Empire Destructive Racing truck would face fellow Southern California Off-Road racer Jerett Brooks. Hildebrand would complete the fastest laps eliminating Brooks from competition for the second day in a row.

Saturday’s Race of Champions SST winner Robby Gordon would match up against Cole Potts with a battle of the SPEED Energy back entries. Gordon would advance to the next round with the fastest time.

The fifth and final race of Round 1 would feature Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona in the United Fiber & Data truck go against Tecate, Mexico Baja Champion Apdaly Lopez. Harlien would easily capture the victory over Lopez to move on to the second round.

Round two of elimination racing would see Hoffman claim victory over Hildebrand, Brabham nipping Harlien by the closest of margins to advance, and Gordon easily working his way past Potts the Round 1 lucky loser.

Round three would feature a rematch of Saturday’s Final round seeing Brabham defeat Gordon to move on to the finals to compete against Hoffman whom claimed victory over the fastest loser Potts in the second semi-final.

As Brabahm and Hoffman would go head to head inside the Foto Sol for three laps looking to drive as cautious and smooth as possible. Hoffman would go on to win the final round in dominating fashion, but a :05 penalty was issued by USAC’s Jason Smith after completion for hitting a marker cone handing the SST Race of Champions Sunday victory to Brabham.

After placing second in Saturday’s event, and claiming victory in Sunday’s finale Brabham would be crowned the overall Race of Champions winner.

Saturday’s race winner Robby Gordon, after being knocked out in the Semi Finals in a rematch of Saturday’s Final would place in second overall with Cole Potts claiming the third overall position.

With claiming victory in the overall weekend, and knocking runner-up Gavin Harlien out in Round two was enough for Brabham to secure the 2018 Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship title.

“The weekend was a great event and I could not be happier to cap off the title by winning the final event of the season.” Explained an enthusiastic Brabham.

After dominating the season, finishing every event on the podium. It was a tremendous reward for Brabham to end the season on top after loosing the 2017 Championship by a single point to fellow Australian Paul Morris.

Brabham’s excellent season featured 13 podiums, including six wins and five fast qualifier awards.


Sunday Results

January 20, 2019

Round 1

Matt Brabham Def Davey Hamilton Jr.

Jeff Hoffman Def Casey Mears

Blade Hildebrand Def Jerett Brooks

Robby Gordon Def Cole Potts

Gavin Harlien Def Apdaly Lopez 

Fast Loser: Cole Potts

Round 2

Jeff Hoffman Def Blade Hildebrand

Matt Brabham Def Gavin Harlien

Robby Gordon Def Cole Potts

Fast Loser: Cole Potts 

Round 3

Matt Brabham Def Robby Gordon

Jeff Hoffman Def Cole Potts

Final

Matt Brabham Def Jeff Hoffman

Final Results

  1. Matt Brabham
  2. Jeff Hoffman
  3. Cole Potts
  4. Robby Gordon
  5. Gavin Harlien
  6. Blade Hildebrand
  7. Jerett Brooks
  8. Davey Hamilton Jr.
  9. Casey Mears
  10. Apdaly Lopez
 
 
2018 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Winners 

Round No.      Race Location                 Race Date                   Winner 
1               Lake Elsinore, California    January 27, 2018         Bill Hynes 
                                                                                 Overall: Jeff Hoffman 
2               Adelaide, SA, Australia     March 2, 2018             Cole Potts 
3               Adelaide, SA, Australia     March 3, 2018             Robby Gordon
4               Adelaide, SA, Australia     March 4, 2018             Matt Brabham 
                                                                                 Overall: Matt Brabham 
5               Long Beach, California      April 14, 2018             Gavin Harlien 
6               Long Beach, California      April 15, 2018             Matt Brabham 
                                                                                 Overall: Matt Brabham 
7               Perth, WA, Australia         May 5, 2018               Arie Luyenkdyk Jr. 
8               Perth, WA, Australia         May 6, 2018               Jeff Hoffman 
                                                                                 Overall: Matt Brabham 
9               Detroit, Michigan              June 2, 2018              Gavin Harlien 
10             Detroit, Michigan              June 3, 2018              Arie Luyendyk Jr. 
                                                                            Overall: Arie Luyendyk Jr.
11             No Limits, Texas               June 10, 2018              Gavin Harlien
12             No Limits, Texas               June 10, 2018            Matt Brabham
                                                                                 Overall:Gavin Harlien
13             Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin     August 23, 2018         Robby Gordon      
14             Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin     August 24, 2018         Matt Brabham
                                                                                 Overall: Matt Brabham
15             Sydney, NSW, Australia     October 27, 2018        Matt Brabham 
16             Sydney, NSW, Australia     October 28, 2018        Gavin Harlien 
                                                                                  Overall: Gavin Harlien
17             San Bernardino, California  December 1, 2018      Jeff Hoffman
18             San Bernardino, California  December 2, 2018      Gavin Harlien
                                                                              Overall: Matt Brabham
19             Mexico City, Mexico            January 19, 2019       Robby Gordon
20             Mexico City, Mexico            January 20, 2019       Matt Brabham 
                                                                              Overall: Matt Brabham
 
2018 Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Schedule 

Round 1: January 27, 2018; Lake Elsinore, California 
Round 2: March 2, 2018; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 
Round 3: March 3, 2018; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 
Round 4: March 4, 2018; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 
Round 5: April 14, 2018; Long Beach, California 
Round 6: April 15, 2018; Long Beach, California 
Round 7: May 5, 2018; Perth, Western Australia, Australia 
Round 8: May 6, 2018; Perth, Western Australia, Australia 
Round 9: June 2, 2018; Detroit, Michigan 
Round 10: June 3, 2018; Detroit, Michigan 
Round 11: June 9, 2018; Fort Worth, Texas 
Round 12: June 9, 2018; Fort Worth, Texas 
Round 13: August 24, 2018; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 
Round 14: August 25, 2018; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 
Round 15: October 27, 2018; Sydney, NSW, Australia 
Round 16: October 28, 2018; Sydney, NSW, Australia 
Round 17: December 1, 2018; San Bernardino, California 
Round 18: December 2, 2018; San Bernardino, California
Round 19: January 19, 2019; Mexico City, Mexico
Round 20: January 20, 2019; Mexico City, Mexico
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