Toby Price making first SST start of 2021 at Townsville
Toby Price will make his return to the Boost Mobile Super Trucks this weekend for the Townsville 500 weekend. As he did in his most recent race weekend in 2020, he will drive the #87 Boost Mobile truck.
Price has twenty-one career SST starts since 2015, many of which came at the Adelaide Street Circuit where he has enjoyed the most success with four of his five podiums—three being runner-up finishes—coming there. The exception was a third at Surfers Paradise in 2016. All of his starts have come at Adelaide, Surfers Paradise, and Honda Indy Toronto (2016).
His last weekend, the 2020 Adelaide tripleheader, saw him finish second, fifth, and sixth.
A two-time winner of the Dakar Rally, his 2021 Rally came to an abrupt halt when he suffered injuries in a crash that resulted in hospitalisation; he had won two stages prior to the accident. Upon recovery, he competed in the Finke Desert Race in June, where he won in the Cars division and became the first person to win the Australian event in both a car and on a bike (six wins in the latter).
Held at Reid Park Street Circuit, the Townsville 500 is on the SST calendar for the first time since 2016. Ahead of the weekend, Price and points leader Paul Morris attended a promotional event that featured Price’s stadium truck and Top Fuel drag racer Rachelle Splatt.
“The trucks are back since 2016 the last time we raced here,” said Morris in a video published by the Repco Supercars Championship. “They’re a crowd favourite. The kids love them. […]
“I think one of the highlights have been Toby Price here. Dakar winner and just won the Finke Desert Race as well. He’ll be driving the Boost Mobile truck.”
Three races are scheduled between 10/11 July. The first two will take place on Saturday, 10 July, followed by the third the next day.