ADELAIDE, Australia – official series release — SST photo —
Reigning SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS champion Sheldon Creed picked up right where he left off last November on Friday, going on to win the opening event of 2016 in thrilling fashion on the Adelaide Street Circuit.
Most drivers were struggling to hit their marks on the fast and technical temporary street circuit that makes up the 14-turn, 2.012-mile (3.219 km) street course built for the V8 SuperCars.
Paul Morris and Creed aggressively charged past truck after truck from their tenth and eleventh starting positions to the withstand a plethora of contact and spinning trucks to place themselves in a shootout for the win the final two laps.
Toby Price, the 2016 Dakar Rally motorcycle champion, would lead the field on lap six, but would suddenly run into trouble as Price’s truck would bicycle around a corner nosing it into the wall suffering extensive damage to his No. 87 Trojan Security/KTM Motorcycles truck.
The ultra conservative Morris would capitalize on the accident by Price, taking his SuperCheap Auto/Hungry Jack’s No. 67 truck to the front of the pack, while Creed wasted no time pressuring Morris for the lead nearly beating the rear bumper off of the Morris truck corner after corner.
The final lap would see Morris and Creed put on driving clinic for the ecstatic fans as Creed would pass Morris for the lead in a daring move to the inside. Morris however would use his dirt track racing experience to throw a slide jump on Creed coming to the final corner, Creed well knowing that move was coming rotated the truck and drove back underneath Morris sending the two trucks off the first front stretch ramp side by side.
Morris would get crossed up missing the second ramp-allowing Creed to capture the checkered flag.
TRAXXAS racer Keegan Kincaid never paid a ticket, but had the best seat in the house to view the Morris Creed duel. Kincaid would cross the finish line behind Morris in the third position.
CREDIT: Stadium Super Trucks