Sandown V8 Supercars: Winterbottom and Owen lead Prodrive Ford 1-2

Mark Winterbottom strengthened his V8 Supercars lead by winning the Sandown 500 alongside Steve Owen, heading Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters in another one-two for Prodrive Racing Australia's Fords

Sandown V8 Supercars: Winterbottom and Owen lead Prodrive Ford 1-2

The first leg of the championship's enduro triple-header had looked like it might be the scene of Jamie Whincup's title bid resurgence.

The six-time champion had ended a five-month win drought with a victory at Sydney Motorsports Park last time out and then he and Triple Eight Holden co-driver Paul Dumbrell earned Sandown pole by winning their respective heats on Saturday.

But though they led much of the main event, a puncture dropped Whincup down the order and he could only recover to 15th.

That leaves him eighth in the standings, 629 points behind Winterbottom, heading into the Bathurst 1000 next month.

Winterbottom's margin of victory was just seven tenths of a second, with Mostert keeping the pressure on him all the way to the final corner once they had taken charge of the race.

Shane van Gisbergen and Tekno team-mate Jonathon Webb battled Dumbrell and Whincup for the lead at first, but could not resist the Prodrive cars and had to settle for fending off a charging Garth Tander for the final podium spot.

The second Triple Eight Holden of title contender Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards started near the back having earned a penalty in the qualifying race when Lowndes tangled with Jack Perkins. They finished only 13th.

RESULTS - 161 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 M.Winterbottom, S.Owen Prodrive Ford 3h19m48.9226s
2 C.Mostert, C.Waters Prodrive Ford 0.6596s
3 S.Gisbergen, J.Webb Tekno Holden 9.6575s
4 G.Tander, W.Luff HRT Holden 9.9271s
5 D.Reynolds, D.Canto Rod Nash/PRA Ford 11.1177s
6 T.Slade, T.D'Alberto Schwerkolt/HRT Holden 13.1835s
7 L.Holdsworth, S.Bourdais Walkinshaw/HRT Holden 17.0116s
8 T.Blanchard, K.Reindler Dumbrell Holden 19.8766s
9 J.Perkins, R.Ingall HRT Holden 20.7583s
10 R.Kelly, D.Russell Nissan Motorsport Nissan 21.9383s
11 M.Caruso, D.Fiore Nissan Motorsport Nissan 25.4647s
12 S.Pye, M.Ambrose DJR Penske Ford 25.8817s
13 C.Lowndes, S.Richards Triple Eight Holden 26.3967s
14 S.McLaughlin, A.Premat GRM Volvo 26.9840s
15 J.Whincup, P.Dumbrell Triple Eight Holden 27.7882s
16 F.Coulthard, L.Youlden Brad Jones Holden 27.7977s
17 A.Heimgartner, A.Pedersen Super Black/PRA Ford 28.5718s
18 J.Moffat, T.Douglas Nissan Motorsport Nissan 31.7533s
19 A.Walsh, J.Le Brocq Erebus Mercedes 36.7258s
20 D.Wood, M.Jones Britek/BJR Holden 40.0439s
21 D.Wall, C.Pither GRM Volvo 1 Lap
22 J.Bright, A.Jones Brad Jones Holden 1 Lap
23 W.Davison, A.Davison Erebus Mercedes 7 Laps
24 T.Kelly, A.Buncombe Nissan Motorsport Nissan 14 Laps
- N.Percat, O.Gavin Dumbrell Holden Retirement

LEADING CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Mark Winterbottom 2215
2 Chaz Mostert 2017
3 David Reynolds 1855
4 Craig Lowndes 1792
5 Fabian Coulthard 1694
6 Garth Tander 1634
7 Shane van Gisbergen 1620
8 Jamie Whincup 1586
9 James Courtney 1373
10 Rick Kelly 1301

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