Indianapolis-based Australian Matt Brabham is ready for a Stadium SUPER Truck championship showdown at Glen Helen Raceway this weekend.
Brabham has a comfortable 36-point lead, thanks to his five wins this season, but the dirt track of Glen Helen is a new challenge for the Indy 500 starter.
The 24-year-old has been in charge all year and has only once not been on the podium for the overall round.
While the championship result may not come to a head this weekend, with further events in planning, it will be Brabham’s best chance to attain an unassailable lead.
This isn’t Brabham’s first time being in the championship hunt at this point in the year, having the championship just slip through his grasp by a single point in 2017 and he’s very eager to right those wrongs.
During the break between winning the last round in Sydney, Brabham had an outing in the Baja 1000.
Brabham was partnered with Todd Romano and his championship rival Gavin Harlien for the event.
While the team’s vehicle faced mechanical issues before Brabham’s leg of the 1000, Brabham spent the week in Mexico preparing across all different types of terrain. Banking the experience for when he visits the dirt at Glen Helen.
More familiar with GT and open-wheeler racing, Brabham has been the one to watch this year as he gets further acclimated with the different staging types of the SST races.
Brabham has challenged himself in 2018, with fruitful outings in GT racing, off road racing and historic racing.
His hit out at the Bathurst 12 hour, earned himself, Tony Longhurst and Aaron Seton a class win.
The Stadium SUPER Trucks action kicks off in California on Friday with practice and qualifying.
Matt’s 2018 campaigns are supported by The Boat Works, DeVilbiss, the Preston Group, Gale Pacific, Coolaroo, PIRTEK and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, of which he is a proud ambassador.
Friday, November 30
12:40pm (Local, GMT-8) (7:40am AEDT, Saturday)
3:35pm (Local, GMT-8) (10:35am AEDT, Saturday)
Saturday, December 1
1:15pm(Local, GMT-8) (8:15am AEDT, Sunday)
Sunday, December 2
1:15pm(Local, GMT-8) (8:15am AEDT, Monday)
WHAT MATT HAS TO SAY..
“I’m excited to get this weekend underway. It’s been a long year. We’ve had some ups and downs, and some really cool racing and to be leading the championship at this point is great,” said Brabham.
“Our goal is to be in front of Gavin this weekend, which is easier said than done. Gavin is a great driver.
“We don’t know what the result of this weekend will mean, but obviously if we keep our points lead it’s a good thing.
“It was disappointing to not be able to have a crack in the Baja 1000. We spent a lot of time preparing and I got to drive a lot of different vehicles and different types of terrain. I was ready to have a go, but then we were stuck with an issue about 200 miles in which took us out.”