Champion American super truck racing driver Robby Gordon has pleaded guilty to driving offences after doing burnouts in a Darwin city street, a day after placing second at the V8 Supercars event in Darwin.
Gordon, 48, was fined nearly $4,000 for what he described as “putting on a show” for Darwinites on the Mitchell Street bar strip on Saturday night.
That leaves him $1,000 up after he won $5,000 on Friday, when he came second in the Stadium Super Trucks race. He also won the Top Ten Shootout lap on Saturday.
He asked permission from club bouncers at Lizard’s Bar, which was hosting a Supercar event, before he drove around the city centre, he told reporters outside Darwin Local Court on Monday.
“I think I did two doughnuts, maybe at speed — not to make excuses, but maybe less than 5 kilometres an hour.
“Obviously the wheels were faster than that, but I did two doughnuts and put it back on the trailer.”
He was charged and pleaded guilty to a range of offences, including driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, driving in a dangerous manner, and driving a vehicle causing loss of traction.
The court heard no alcohol was involved in the incident.
Judge Richard Coats said Gordon breached the trust of the public.
“It’s one of the busiest streets in Darwin, I don’t believe the professional driving skills are an excuse,” he said.
He said he would have considered sentencing Gordon to jail time for the stunt if he had been in trouble before.
Gordon will have to pay $3,850 in fines and a victims’ levy, and his NT license has been suspended for 12 months.
“If that’s what he feels is fair, then I’m good with that,” he said.
This year was the first time the Super Trucks featured at the V8 Supercars event.
When asked whether his conviction would have repercussions for his career in other countries, Gordon said he had left the United States’ NASCAR and IndyCar races “so we can do what we gotta do to grow motorsports”.
He is the founder and owner of the Stadium Super Truck racing series.
“I own the series, we make the rules,” he said.
“I’ve done stuff like this probably 200 or 300 times over my career, and heck, some cities promote it.
The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport has moved to block Robby Gordon from attaining a future competition visa required to compete in Australia following a hooning incident in Darwin.
The decision from CAMS could threaten the future of Stadium Super Trucks series in Australia, with the series owned by Gordon, who also regular competes in the category.
AMS described Gordon’s behaviour as ‘inexcusable’ electing to block the American’s application for future competition visa on health and safety grounds.
CEO Eugene Arocca said such antics would not be tolerated in Australia.
“It is unfortunate that such actions have taken place after an otherwise professional and well organised event at Hidden Valley Raceway, and such behaviour is not reflective of the organising committee of that event or Supercars.
“We are disappointed that this incident is not demonstrative of the requisite level of professionalism demanded by modern motor sport.
“As a signatory of the global FIA Action for Road Safety campaign, we believe our CAMS licence holders, volunteers, circuits and car clubs – including our board and staff – uphold responsible conduct on our public roads.”