Prodrive's Stanaway and Waters win Supercars' Sandown 500

Prodrive Ford pair Richie Stanaway and Cam Waters claimed their first Supercars win as the championship's endurance leg kicked off with the Sandown 500

Prodrive's Stanaway and Waters win Supercars' Sandown 500

Neither regular driver Waters or co-driver Stanaway had previously won a main game Supercars race, but they held off spirited challenges from the likes of Penske's Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat and Triple Eight's Paul Dumbrell/Jamie Whincup.

The event only ran 125 of the scheduled 161 laps as a lengthy red flag, caused by Taz Douglas firing into the wall with a tyre failure on the opening lap, soaked up the first hour and turned it into a time certain race.

Stanaway held the more experienced Dumbrell and Premat at bay through the first stint, and while Waters was unable to shake off Premat's championship-leading partner McLaughlin at the end of the race, he resisted the pressure to win by 0.675 seconds.

Dumbrell and Whincup looked set to take control in the second stint, having grabbed the lead in the stops, but a right-rear tyre failure meant a slow limp back to the pits. They recovered to sixth.

Reigning champion Shane van Gisbergen and co-driver Matt Campbell rapidly came through from outside the top 20 at the start following an incident-filled Saturday to challenge for the top three.

But van Gisbergen dropped off the back of the leaders in the final stint and had to focus on holding off Chaz Mostert for third place, only for front-right tyre failure with 18 laps to go to consign van Gisbergen to 16th.

Mostert and co-driver Steve Owen's third was a comeback of sorts after Owen was hit with a five-second penalty for a forceful passing move on Luke Youlden early in the first stint.

Last year's Sandown winner Garth Tander and James Golding were the best of the Holdens in fourth, having passed the Fabian Coulthard/Tony D'Alberto Penske Ford on the penultimate lap.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 C.Waters, R.Stanaway Prodrive Ford 125 3h31m35.7850s
2 S.McLaughlin, A.Premat DJR Penske Ford 125 0.6746s
3 C.Mostert, S.Owen Rod Nash/PRA Ford 125 22.5748s
4 G.Tander, J.Golding GRM Holden 125 27.1675s
5 F.Coulthard, T.D'Alberto DJR Penske Ford 125 27.7198s
6 J.Whincup, P.Dumbrell Triple Eight Holden 125 36.3955s
7 J.Moffat, R.Muscat GRM Holden 125 37.3387s
8 L.Holdsworth, K.Reindler Schwerkolt Holden 125 38.7756s
9 M.Winterbottom, D.Canto Prodrive Ford 125 43.9399s
10 J.Courtney, J.Perkins Walkinshaw Holden 125 47.2303s
11 C.Lowndes, S.Richards Triple Eight Holden 125 57.6375s
12 W.Davison, J.Webb Tekno Holden 125 1m09.6044s
13 D.Wood, C.Pither Erebus Holden 124 1 Lap
14 R.Kelly, D.Wall Nissan Motorsport Nissan 124 1 Lap
15 S.Gisbergen, M.Campbell Triple Eight Holden 124 1 Lap
16 T.Kelly, J.Le Brocq Nissan Motorsport Nissan 124 1 Lap
17 D.Reynolds, L.Youlden Erebus Holden 124 1 Lap
18 S.de Silvestro, D.Russell Nissan Motorsport Nissan 124 1 Lap
19 J.Bright, G.Jacobson Britek/PRA Ford 124 1 Lap
20 M.Caruso, D.Fiore Nissan Motorsport Nissan 123 2 Laps
21 S.Pye, W.Luff Walkinshaw Holden 113 12 Laps
22 N.Percat, M.Jones Brad Jones Holden 109 16 Laps
- T.Slade, A.Walsh Brad Jones Holden 125 Disqualified
- A.Rullo, A.Davison Dumbrell Holden 43 Retirement
- A.Russell, T.Douglas Dumbrell Holden 0 Retirement
- T.Blanchard, T.Hazelwood Brad Jones Holden 0 Not started


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