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Sandown 500: Whincup and Dumbrell seal Holden Triple Eight podium

Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell executed a perfect lights-to-flag Australian Supercars win at the Sandown 500 on a day dominated by the three Triple Eight Holdens

The reigning series champion Whincup and his vastly-experienced team-mate Dumbrell were untouchable in the opening endurance race of the season, cruising to victory ahead of team-mates Shane van Gisbergen/Earl Bamber and Craig Lowndes/Steve Richards.

It's the third Sandown 500 win for Whincup and Dumbrell as an endurance duo.

Dumbrell made light work of the first stint, bolting from the outside of the front row and into the lead.

He survived two early safety cars before handing the Commodore over to Whincup with a narrow advantage ahead of Lowndes after overtaking Fabian Coulthard.

At half-distance, Shane van Gisbergen followed Lowndes through and made it a Triple Eight one-two-three, demoting Coulthard.

The Kiwi had been handed the car in sixth place, following an action-packed pair of stints from co-driver Earl Bamber.

The Le Mans winner had mostly run around the back end of the Top 10, and was lucky to remain in the race when he was fired across the grass by Luke Youlden as they scrapped over ninth.

Van Gisbergen quickly got on the back of Coulthard, and emulated Lowndes in making a move stick.

Lowndes pitted shortly after half-distance, followed by van Gisbergen on lap 92 and Whincup a lap later.

There was a small undercut effect for Lowndes, the gap to Whincup closer to 2s as they settled into the fourth stint of the race.

Once again Whincup was able to slowly stretch the advantage out, to 10s, before the fourth and final round of stops.

From there it was a case of controlling the race to put the finishing touches on a perfect 6.8s win.

"Couldn't be happier, the car's been awesome all weekend," said Whincup.

"PD did a fantastic job.

"We just kept our head down and kept concentrating.

"This race has gotten away from us a few times, but thankfully it was a nice and clean race."

There was a late change of position in the top three during the penultimate stint.

With little threat from behind, Lowndes opted to back off and hand second over to points leader van Gisbergen on lap 123.

That meant van Gisbergen came home two spots clear of title rival Scott McLaughlin in fourth, extending his gap at the top of the standings to 55 points.

David Reynolds and Luke Youlden came home fifth, followed by an under-the-radar Scott Pye/Warren Luff combo.

Coulthard/Tony D'Alberto fell back to seventh over the last two stints.

Results - 161 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 J.Whincup, P.Dumbrell Triple Eight Holden 3h17m28.6203s
2 S.Gisbergen, E.Bamber Triple Eight Holden 6.8312s
3 C.Lowndes, S.Richards Triple Eight Holden 8.2566s
4 S.McLaughlin, A.Premat DJR Penske Ford 25.1772s
5 D.Reynolds, L.Youlden Erebus Holden 25.7498s
6 S.Pye, W.Luff Walkinshaw Holden 34.2220s
7 F.Coulthard, T.D'Alberto DJR Penske Ford 38.7343s
8 R.Kelly, G.Jacobson Nissan Motorsport Nissan 48.8165s
9 G.Tander, C.Pither GRM Holden 51.8138s
10 C.Mostert, J.Moffat Tickford Ford 58.1830s
11 W.Davison, A.Davison 23Red Racing Ford 58.2697s
12 A.De Pasquale, W.Brown Erebus Holden 1 Lap
13 C.Waters, D.Russell Tickford Ford 1 Lap
14 A.Heimgartner, A.Russell Nissan Motorsport Nissan 1 Lap
15 T.Slade, A.Walsh Brad Jones Holden 1 Lap
16 J.Courtney, J.Perkins Walkinshaw Holden 1 Lap
17 M.Winterbottom, D.Canto Tickford Ford 1 Lap
18 J.Golding, R.Muscat GRM Holden 1 Lap
19 T.Blanchard, D.Wood Blanchard/BJR Holden 1 Lap
20 R.Stanaway, S.Owen Tickford Ford 1 Lap
21 T.Hazelwood, B.Fullwood Matt Stone Holden/Ford 1 Lap
22 J.Le Brocq, J.Webb Tekno Holden 5 Laps
23 L.Holdsworth, J.Bright Team 18 Holden 16 Laps
24 N.Percat, M.Jones Brad Jones Holden 19 Laps
25 M.Caruso, D.Fiore Nissan Motorsport Nissan 27 Laps
- Silvestro, A.Rullo Nissan Motorsport Nissan Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Scott McLaughlin 3944
2 Shane van Gisbergen 3873
3 Jamie Whincup 3433
4 Craig Lowndes 3225
5 David Reynolds 3206
6 Chaz Mostert 2807
7 Scott Pye 2608
8 Rick Kelly 2515
9 Fabian Coulthard 2477
10 Nick Percat 2290
11 Tim Slade 2249
12 Mark Winterbottom 2192
13 Garth Tander 2139
14 James Courtney 2073
15 Will Davison 1927
16 Cameron Waters 1873
17 Andre Heimgartner 1775
18 Michael Caruso 1765
19 Jack Le Brocq 1673
20 Anton De Pasquale 1524
21 Lee Holdsworth 1443
22 James Golding 1418
23 Simona de Silvestro 1323
24 Tim Blanchard 1277
25 Richie Stanaway 1214
26 Todd Hazelwood 1201
27 Steven Richards 696
28 Alexandre Premat 609
29 Earl Bamber 576
30 James Moffat 546
31 Warren Luff 546
32 Paul Dumbrell 519
33 Macauley Jones 495
34 Luke Youlden 474
35 Chris Pither 456
36 Tony D'Alberto 432
37 Garry Jacobson 363
38 Dean Canto 342
39 Richard Muscat 315
40 Alex Davison 309
41 David Russell 294
42 Aaren Russell 288
43 Ashley Walsh 270
44 Jonathon Webb 255
45 Dale Wood 252
46 Jack Perkins 243
47 Bryce Fullwood 219
48 Jason Bright 216
49 William Brown 204
50 Alex Rullo 177
51 Steve Owen 168
52 Dean Fiore 96
53 Kurt Kostecki 90

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