US-based Australian racer Matt Brabham believes his title points buffer is now big enough for him to be a “bit braver” in the remaining three rounds of the championship, starting at Road America this weekend.
Brabham has a 55-point lead, his biggest of the season, and is ready to put even greater pressure on the rest of the field as he chases back-to-back titles.
Already regarded as one of the most fearless drivers in the field, Brabham believes there is a little more left in himself and his truck.
Fresh off a race victory and the round win at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago, Brabham is ready for the challenge the unique Road America road course will offer.
While Brabham is comfortable at the top of the charts, he is aware he cannot take his foot off the gas.
Brabham changed trucks for the last round and while he found speed in his new machinery to score pole position, an issue with the front brakes hampered his chances in the first race and he finished seventh.
Starting near the front for the second race of the weekend, Brabham was able to make it to the lead and cleanly take a race win. His first since Long Beach in April.
Winning a race after a frustrating drought was sweetened by the round victory, which was calculated on countback after Brabham, Cole Potts and Robby Gordon had all finished equal on points.
After this weekend’s event, the champion will conclude with races in Portland next weekend and a yet to be announced final round.
This week’s event comes just days after it was announced that Stadium Super Trucks would be returning to Australia after an agreement had been reached with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS).
A new three-year commercial rights agreement could see Stadium SUPER Trucks return to Australia as soon as October’s Vodafone Gold Coast 600.
What Matt has to say…
“My lead in the championship has been slowly creeping up over the last couple of rounds,” said Brabham.
“It’s at the point where I’m comfortable enough to race harder for wins, the buffer is big enough to be a bit braver.
“That doesn’t mean I will be doing anything stupid, just having a little more of a crack than usual. The last thing I want to do is throw away my advantage, but I am sure the fans will enjoy the show.
“The news that Stadium SUPER Trucks are going back to Australia either this year or next year is incredibly exciting. It’s hugely positive. The fans in Australia love the series and it will be great to bring it back to them.”