|Formula Off Road: Robby Gordon wins RD1 at Grand Prix of St Petersburg|
Robby Gordon won a rain-soaked and water-logged "Speed Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas" race at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (USA) Saturday, calling it the worst weather conditions he has ever competed in over a more than 30-year career. Jerett Brooks, a 16-year-old from Alpine, California finished second and Justin Lofton came home third.
The race was literally anyone’s to win from start to finish of the 10-lap event, with all the trucks experiencing issues with the standing water on the temporary circuit that makes up the 14-turn 1.8-mile course built for IndyCars. Gordon, Lofton and PJ Jones battled for the lead throughout the race, trading it among each other as the others spun out in the wet conditions.
Brooks, who raced with a conservative style, managing to stay in touch with the leaders and wait for the front runners to eliminate themselves in the wet. Lofton, who led with just more than one lap remaining, spun for the second time in the race at the 90-degree right hand Turn 1 which allowed Gordon to take the lead which he would not relinquish.
"That was a lot of fun, but it was probably the slipperiest conditions I have ever raced in," said Gordon who is also the founder of Formula Off-Road. "I have to thank IndyCar and the Green Savoree team (promoters of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg) for allowing us to race here in front of so many great race fans. It was a really good race despite the rain and we’re looking forward to putting on another good show in the second race."
Gavin Harlein (16), who sat in a Stadium Super Truck for the first time Friday, came home fourth with Mexico’s off-road racing specialist Apdaly Lopez rounding out the top five. Scotty Steele survived multiple spins to finish sixth, with veterans Jones and former IndyCar star Davey Hamilton finishing just ahead of ninth-place finisher Sheldon Creed who retired with mechanical issues.
Formula Off Road round 1 finishing order
01) Robby Gordon | SPEED Energy | Orange, Calif.
02) Jerett Brooks | Synergy Electric | Alpine, Calif.
03) Justin Lofton | Cometic | Westmorland, Calif.
04) Gavin Harlien A3 | Smith Optics | Mesa, Ariz.
05) Apdaly Lopez | VisitMexico.com | Tecate, Mexico
06) Scotty Steele | Steele Racing | Peoria, Ariz.
07) PJ Jones | American Racing Wheels | Scottsdale, Ariz.
08) Davey Hamilton | Traxxas | Nampa, Idaho
09) Sheldon Creed | Traxxas | Alpine, Calif.
WD) Craig Potts | Potts Racing | Scottsdale, Ariz
2014/03/31 | 10:32 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/CHRIS HECHT