After an extended period of absence from Australian events, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks are finally back on the bill this weekend as part of the Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise. The series, which gained massive popularity in Australia over the past few years, finally negotiated a deal with CAMS, Australia’s premier motorsport authority, to resume competition at its sanctioned events, the most notable of which are Supercars races.
The standoff between Gordon and CAMS included multiple disputes over the past few years, the latest of which was primarily centered on vehicle safety. However, it was announced in August just before the series’ return to Road America that SST and CAMS had reached a three-year agreement, paving the way for the strongest-ever partnership between the racing category and sanctioning body.
It also sets up one of the most unique and exciting fields of drivers that SST has seen in quite some time. Alongside Gordon, defending series champion Matt Brabham, and fellow series regulars Bill Hynes, Cole Potts, and Gavin Harlien, NASCAR champion Greg Biffle will also be on hand to return to action as he continues to pursue his first SST victory.
And that’s to say nothing of the Australians who will finally be returning to SST action, many of whom haven’t had the chance to compete in the series since 2018 or earlier. 2017 SST champion Paul “The Dude” Morris will return to action, as will two-time Dakar Rally motorcycle winner Toby Price, former Supercars champion Russell “The Enforcer” Ingall, and Supercars and V8 Utes veteran Matty Nolan.
SST last competed at Surfers Paradise in 2016, with a tripleheader event completing the championship schedule. Sheldon Creed earned two of the three race victories that weekend on the way to his second straight title, while Gordon won the middle event while carrying the colors of Australian daredevil Matt Mingay, who had been injured earlier in the season.
As of now, Surfers Paradise is the final scheduled event of the 2019 Stadium Super Trucks season, though the series schedule is often fluid and subject to change and an additional race is always possible. Otherwise, the next scheduled SST event will return the series to Australia next February as part of the Superloop Adelaide 500. Potts, Gordon, and Brabham split the three race wins on offer in Adelaide last time the series raced there in 2018. The series is set for eight trips Down Under in 2020, including another visit to Surfers Paradise and its inaugural New Zealand round at Pukekohe in April.