MEXICO CITY – Australian Matt Brabham clinched his first Stadium Super Trucks title at the Race of Champions event in Mexico City on Sunday.
After dominating the season, where he finished every event on the podium, Brabham closed out the extended season by taking overall honors in the Mexican capital.
The 24-year-old held a strong points lead in the series for the majority of the year and has been focussed on putting away the championship in the last few months.
The third generation racer ended the weekend on top, winning the final round of the elimination style races Sunday after scoring second Saturday.
In a fairytale ending, Brabham went head-to-head into in the championship-sealing heat with his only title rival, Gavin Harlien. After an exceptionally close heat, Brabham managed to squeeze through to the third round, where he was put up against series creator, Robby Gordon.
It was a replay of the finals from the day before, where Gordon was able to best Brabham for the win. Brabham finished ahead of Gordon, with a penalty applied to Gordon’s time after he clipped a safety cone.
Brabham then progressed through to the final against Jeff Hoffman. Hoffman was also handed a post race penalty, which handed the final win to Brabham.
It was a fitting way for Brabham to close out the season after a stellar year in Stadium SUPER Trucks, which included 13 podiums, six wins and five fast qualifier awards.
“Finally, we got it done and I could not be happier,” said Brabham. “It has been a tough year on so many fronts, but it’s great to finally get this title in the bag.
“The weekend was a great event and I could not be happier to cap off the title by winning the final event of the season. Hopefully this continues to keep my name out there and a full-time circuit drive presents itself in the next month or two. We are working hard on it every day.”