Matt Brabham wins Stadium SUPER Trucks race in Australia, prepares for V8 Supercars stint

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Matt Brabham both had — and did — some home cooking in the return to his native Australia this weekend.

Brabham, a third generation racer – grandson of former world champion Sir Jack Brabham and son of Geoff Brabham – continues to dominate the Speed Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Series with the overall round win in Perth, Western Australia.

It’s the 24-year-old Brabham’s third consecutive SST round victory for the DeVilbiss Racing Team, following triumphs at Long Beach, California and Adelaide, South Australia.

The format for this weekend’s SST event was changed from its usual one, with shootouts on Saturday and Sunday determining positions on the grid for both subsequent races.

Brabham finished second and first, respectively, in the shootouts. The grid for each race was inverted from the shootout results, meaning Brabham started at the back of the pack for both races on Saturday and Sunday.

Brabham finished sixth in the first race and fourth in the second race. However, the third-place finisher in the second race, Paul Morris, was penalized post-race, moving Brabham up one spot to a third-place official finish.

“This weekend has been overall tough as we were always fighting to get to the front, but to come away with a win is awesome,” Brabham said.

Brabham leads the SST standings with 195 points, followed by Gavin Harlien (160 points), series founder Robby Gordon (149 points), Cole Potts (130) and Arie Luyendyk Jr. (117).

The next SST race weekend is June 1-3, as part of INDYCAR’s “Duel In Detroit” event.

NOTES: Brabham got behind the wheel of the Preston Hire Racing Team Holden Commodore during Friday’s Australian V8 Supercars practice session.

“It was also great to get a taste for a couple of laps in the Preston Hire Racing car, and I’m definitely hungry for more,” Brabham said.

Brabham will pair with Lee Holdsworth for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup later this year. Brabham will remain in Australia to compete in the upcoming Winton Supercars event for Preston Hire Racing.

“I’m eager to learn from Lee and the team at Preston Hire Racing and help prepare the car so we can get a good result later in the year,” Brabham added.

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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