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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Australia, Arizona, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (1); Stadium Super Trucks (2)

Fans of high-flying short course trucks got their fill of racing on multiple continents this past weekend, with both the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (in Arizona) and Stadium Super Trucks (in Australia) in action. Add that to the Mexican Grand Prix, the first of back-to-back North American race weekends for Formula 1, and it was a weekend to remember for motorsport fans of all types. Here’s a look at the drivers that stood out in Saturday and Sunday’s events:

Lucas Oil Off Road Pro Truck: Kyle LeDuc

It was a day to remember for LeDuc, who couldn’t have had a better day at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Saturday to wrap up the LOORRS season. He started off his night by winning the Pro 4 race and clinching that series’ title, after giving it up to RJ Anderson in 2018 during a down year. Then, he took home $30,000 to conclude the night in the annual Challenge Cup race against the Pro 2s.

Lucas Oil Off Road UTV: Robert VanBeekum

In a first in the history of LOORRS competition, Turbo and Production 1000 UTVs faced off at the same time as part of Saturday night’s challenge races at Wild Horse Pass. VanBeekum was the lucky winner of that race, wheeling his UTV Turbo to the front of the pack and getting past Brock Heger for the checkered flag in the big money race.

Stadium Super Trucks: Matt Brabham

In a special America versus Australia edition of SST, the series finally made its long-awaited return to a Supercars event when 10 drivers took on Surfers Paradise as part of the Gold Coast 600 weekend. Robby Gordon won the first race, but Brabham posted an impressive 2-1 weekend to continue to extend his points lead. He’s in the midst of what will almost surely be his second straight championship season.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton

American F1 fans, rejoice: you’ll almost undoubtedly get to see a World Champion crowned on your home soil this weekend in Austin. Hamilton wasn’t quite able to lock it up in Mexico despite scoring the victory, his 10th of the season, but only his second in the last six races. The victory enabled Hamilton to become just the fifth multi-time winner of the event, following Max Verstappen, who did so last year.

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