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Robby Gordon banned from racing in Australia over Darwin donut session

Robby Gordon banned from racing in Australia over Darwin donut session

AMERICAN motorsport star Robby Gordon may not compete in Australia again after motorsport officials flagged banning him for hooning in Darwin's CBD on the weekend.

Super truck driver Gordon, who's also had a successful NASCAR career in the United States, was caught doing burnouts on the city's main Mitchell Street on Saturday night.

"We had a truck on display, I asked the two security guards, 'Hey, you think I could flip a couple of doughies?' They said, 'I don't care'," he said, reported ABC.

According to ABC, local Judge Richard Coats said:

"It's one of the busiest streets in Darwin, I don't believe the professional driving skills are an excuse," telling Gordon: "I wish I could take away your professional licence, but unfortunately I don't have the power to do that" and added he "would have considered sentencing Gordon to jail time for the stunt if he had been in trouble before."

Gordon was in Darwin competing in Stadium Super Trucks, which he formed. He came second in Sunday's race at Hidden Valley Raceway, which also hosted the weekend's V8 Supercars championship race.

The Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) will indefinitely deny him applying for a competition visa on health and safety grounds.

After his court appearance on Monday (June 19), Gordon downplayed his actions. "I think I did two doughnuts ... not to make excuses, but maybe less than five kilometres an hour," he told reporters.

--- Daily Telegraph ---