Whincup/Dumbrell lead Red Bull one-two at Sandown

  • Sunday 15th September, 2013 5:25pm
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
podium 344x227 Whincup/Dumbrell lead Red Bull one two at Sandown

Whincup and Dumbrell celebrate victory

Jamie Whincup fought back from a mid-race disaster to beat team-mate Craig Lowndes to victory in the Sandown 500.

Whincup’s chances had appeared dashed prior to the halfway mark, with a late decision to drag co-driver Paul Dumbrell out of the car at the third pitstop resulting in it being left in second gear.

The resultant spinning of the rear wheels earned a drive-through penalty that mired Whincup down in 25th.

Whincup was able to claw his way back into contention despite an absence of Safety Cars in the second half of the race.

Whincup eventually took the lead from Lowndes with little over 10 laps remaining as the #888 entry began to struggle on fading tyres.

Lowndes cruised home second ahead of Will Davison, whose Ford Performance Racing Falcon made the finish despite a gearbox oil leak.

Davison’s race had looked all but over after his car’s first pitstop, where it had fallen to the back while stacking behind the sister entry of Mark Winterbottom/Steven Richards.

Richards had pitted on the opening lap after stalling on the grid; putting him out-of-sync with the Davison car.

Winterbottom later led Lowndes and Whincup into the penultimate stint, but a slow wheel change subsequently put paid to their chances of anything better than a sixth place finish.

The Lee Holdsworth/Craig Baird Mercedes took Erebus Motorsport’s best result yet in fourth, shadowing Davison to the flag.

Fifth for James Courtney and Greg Murphy was a positive result for the Holden Racing Team after a string of early disasters.

Murphy had received two black flags for loose rear bodywork during his opening stints; the same fate that had befallen the team’s Garth Tander/Nick Percat entry in the opening laps.

Tander eventually took the flag in 22nd after a torrid day that included a long pitstop to fix steering damage that had been sustained in a clash with David Wall.

Others in trouble included Tony D’Alberto/Jonny Reid (sticking throttle), Jason Bright/Andrew Jones (steering), Maro Engel/Steven Johnson (brakes), James Moffat/Taz Douglas (suspension), Scott Pye/Paul Morris (steering) and Tim Blanchard/Ashley Walsh (accident).

Walsh triggered the second Safety Car of the day on Lap 35 when he made heavy contact with the tyre barrier at the high-speed Turn 6 after leaving the road while pressuring Baird.

The first full-course yellow had been called on Lap 19 to address a dislodged apex cone at Turn 6, while the final Safety Car on Lap 66 was again for debris, this time at Turn 6.

Whincup now leads the standings by an extended 96 point margin over Lowndes, who has jumped ahead of both Davison and Winterbottom with today’s result.

See below for the full race result

1 J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 161 03:22:54.62
2 C.Lowndes/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:02.81
3 W.Davison/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG 161 03:23:12.56
4 L.Holdsworth/C.Baird Mercedes E63 AMG 161 03:23:13.53
5 J.Courtney/G.Murphy Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:20.77
6 M.Winterbottom/S.Richards Ford Falcon FG 161 03:23:21.14
7 F.Coulthard/L.Youlden Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:25.87
8 S.McLaughlin/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:27.93
9 R.Ingall/R.Briscoe Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:33.15
10 A.Premat/G.Ritter Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:44.50
11 T.Kelly/D.Russell Nissan Altima 161 03:23:46.43
12 S.Van Gisbergen/J.Bleekemolen Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:54.26
13 J.Webb/M.Lieb Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:55.18
14 C.Mostert/D.Wood Ford Falcon FG 161 03:24:04.30
15 A.Davison/J.McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 160 03:22:56.45
16 R.Kelly/K.Reindler Nissan Altima 160 03:23:03.85
17 D.Reynolds/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG 160 03:23:03.97
18 D.Fiore/M.Halliday Holden Commodore VF 160 03:23:06.06
19 D.Wall/C.Pither Holden Commodore VF 160 03:23:07.02
20 M.Caruso/D.Gaunt Nissan Altima 160 03:23:10.18
21 T.Slade/A.Thompson Mercedes E63 AMG 159 03:23:17.33
22 G.Tander/N.Percat Holden Commodore VF 152 03:23:33.77
23 T.D’Alberto/J.Reid Holden Commodore VF 152 03:23:58.16
24 J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VF 147 03:23:19.98
25 M.Engel/S.Johnson Mercedes E63 AMG 143 03:23:37.57
26 J.Moffat/T.Douglas Nissan Altima 123 03:23:17.08
DNF S.Pye/P.Morris Holden Commodore VF 135 02:56:03.57
DNF Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 33 42:25.70

See below for the updated points standingsĀ 

1 Jamie Whincup 2147
2 Craig Lowndes 2051
3 Will Davison 2050
4 Mark Winterbottom 1981
5 James Courtney 1909
6 Fabian Coulthard 1901
7 Shane Van Gisbergen 1770
8 Jason Bright 1715
9 Garth Tander 1680
10 Scott McLaughlin 1498
11 Jonathon Webb 1389
12 David Reynolds 1330
13 Rick Kelly 1215
14 James Moffat 1209
15 Alex Davison 1200
16 Tony D’Alberto 1087
17 Alexandre Premat 1055
18 Chaz Mostert 1018
19 Russell Ingall 100
20 Dean Fiore 922
21 Tim Slade 905
22 Michael Caruso 899
23 David Wall 881
24 Lee Holdsworth 875
25 Todd Kelly 833
26 Tim Blanchard 703
27 Scott Pye 649
28 Maro Engel 636
29 Paul Dumbrell 300
30 Warren Luff 276
31 Steve Owen 258
32 Craig Baird 240
33 Greg Murphy 222
34 Jonny Reid 221
35 Steven Richards 204
36 Luke Youlden 192
37 Jack Perkins 180
38 Ryan Briscoe 168
39 Greg Ritter 156
40 David Russell 144
41 Jeroen Bleekemolen 138
42 Marc Lieb 132
43 Dale Wood 126
44 John McIntyre 120
45 Karl Reindler 114
46 Dean Canto 108
47 Matthew Halliday 102
48 Chris Pither 96
49 Daniel Gaunt 90
50 Andrew Thompson 84
51 Nick Percat 78
52 Andrew Jones 66
53 Steven Johnson 60
54 Taz Douglas 54
55 Paul Morris 0
56 Ashley Walsh 0

 

 

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