The Stadium Super Trucks had six outings over the three days on the 13 turn, 2.85km long Townsville street circuit. A daily qualifying session set the scene before the trucks brought the crowd to their feet in the feature race each afternoon. Where the trucks launched skyward off the 5 ramps placed around the track and battled it out panel to panel on the tarmac.
With a busy race schedule and little time for repairs between races, Gartner kept the #410 R&J Batteries Stadium Super Truck tidy in Fridays first race. Jumping from 8th on the grid up the 5th when he greeted the chequered flag. “There was no need to get involved in any tangles at this stage of the weekend, so I just settled in to the groove and picked off a few and raced our own race.”
Running fifth in Saturday mornings qualifying session, Gartner started out of eighth on the reverse grid. With the suspension fine tuned and a minor brake issue resolved Gartner quickly moved through the field, however a spin on the Dunlop hairpin saw him slip back before settling into 7th when the competition yellow was waved. In the four lap charge to the finish Gartner was hot on the heels of Indy car drivers Matt Brabham and EJ Viso and moved into sixth when the Venezuelan spun, clipping the bonnet of the #410 R&J Batteries truck on the way through.
“I enjoyed the Townsville street circuit. It was a real drivers track that made you think. It wasn’t overly fast but quick enough, especially around the back where there were lots of blind corners and all walls when you came hooking around. Getting the trucks to turn around those really sharp corners took a bit. It was something different to the other tracks we’ve raced on.”
The overall standings over the three race Townsville 400 would see Sheldon Creed take the overall win ahead of Matt Brabham in second and Paul Morris in third. A consistent haul of points rewarded Greg Gartner with 6th overall in the #410 R&J Batteries Stadium Super Truck.
“A big thanks to our sponsors R&J Batteries, Toyo Tyres Australia, Fuchs, ATI Industrial, Craig Carrision Race Engines, JB Irrigation, CAPPA Motorbodies and Albins for their support of our race program.”