Shane van Gisbergen secures Sandown 500 pole

Saturday 15th September, 2012 - 5:06pm

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Shane van Gisbergen and Luke Youlden will start from pole for the Sandown 500 tomorrow

Shane van Gisbergen and Luke Youlden will start from pole for the Sandown 500 tomorrow

The Stone Brothers Racing Ford of Shane van Gisbergen and Luke Youlden will start the Dick Smith Sandown 500 from pole position after sweeping the two Saturday qualifying races.

While Youlden led every lap of  Qualifying Race 1, Van Gisbergen dropped from pole to third on the opening lap of the second encounter.

The Kiwi inherited second nine corners in when Will Davison ran off at Turn 9, before taking the top spot from Jamie Whincup when the TeamVodafone driver made the same error 12 laps later.

Whincup rejoined third, before dropping a further 20 places with a second off at Turn 4 on the following lap. The #1 Holden is set to start the 500 from a season-worst 19th.

The David Reynolds/Dean Canto Ford will share the front row with the SBR entry after Reynolds took the chequered flag 3s adrift of Van Gisbergen.

Garth Tander and Tim Slade took third and fourth respectively after exchanging places on the final lap. The latter’s car will start tomorrow’s race from ninth however due to a grid penalty for a practice incident on Friday.

Michael Caruso finished Qualifying Race 2 in fifth place from Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes, James Courtney, Jonathon Webb and Jason Bright.

Like his team-mate, Lowndes endured a frantic race – dropping as low as 13th with an off of his own at Turn 9 while running third.

Fellow title contender Davison finished just 27th after being forced to pit for a new steering arm mid-race. The Trading Post Falcon had been following James Moffat and Lee Holdsworth when the two came together at Turn 1 – bouncing the IRWIN Ford into Davison’s path.

FPR team-mate Mark Winterbottom finished 16th having started from the back after car #5 was excluded for a perc ferme infringement following Qualifying Race 1.

Rounding out the field in Qualifying Race 2 was Taz Douglas, who triggered the only Safety Car period of the afternoon by becoming stuck on the grass at the entry to Turn 12.

The gap between Whincup and Winterbottom in the championship now stands at 44 points after the pair of qualifying races.

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s Qualifying Race 1 report and results

See below for the Qualifying Race 2 result, which doubles as the starting grid for the Dick Smith Sandown 500

1 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 20 25:32.6693
2 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 20 25:35.6967
3 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:38.6409
4 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 20 25:40.0281
5 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:45.2923
6 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:45.4817
7 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:49.1528
8 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:50.1379
9 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:50.9158
10 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:50.9172
11 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 20 25:51.6226
12 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 20 25:53.0977
13 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 20 25:53.6085
14 Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 20 25:54.6905
15 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:54.9763
16 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 20 25:55.3857
17 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:56.2987
18 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:56.6273
19 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:57.1467
20 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 20 25:59.0237
21 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 20 25:59.8946
22 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 20 26:00.9751
23 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 20 26:03.0019
24 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 20 26:05.0472
25 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 20 26:07.1345
26 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 20 26:18.9078
27 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 18 26:12.8789
28 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 18 26:36.3899

See below for the updated points standings

1 Jamie Whincup 2300
2 Mark Winterbottom 2256
3 Will Davison 2164
4 Craig Lowndes 2153
5 Shane van Gisbergen 1734
6 Garth Tander 1604
7 Tim Slade 1534
8 Fabian Coulthard 1461
9 Lee Holdsworth 1329
10 David Reynolds 1268
11 James Courtney 1223
12 Michael Caruso 1211
13 Jason Bright 1197
14 Russell Ingall 1184
15 Todd Kelly 1118
16 Rick Kelly 1114
17 Steven Johnson 1069
18 Jonathon Webb 1006
19 Michael Patrizi 1000
20 Steve Owen  982
21 Dean Fiore  891
22 Tony D’Alberto  869
23 James Moffat  700
24 Taz Douglas  688
25 Karl Reindler  674
26 David Wall  651
27 Alexandre Premat  604
28 Greg Murphy  338
29 Luke Youlden  100
30 David Russell   99
31 Dean Canto   89
32 Nick Percat   77
33 Andrew Thompson   70
34 Warren Luff   69
35 Greg Ritter   65
36 Paul Dumbrell   62
37 Scott McLaughlin   60
38 Cameron McConville   54
39 Alex Davison   50
40 Andrew Jones   48
41 John McIntyre   48
42 Craig Baird   43
43 Dale Wood   40
44 Tim Blanchard   36
45 Matthew Halliday   34
46 Chris Pither   32
47 David Besnard   29
48 Jack Perkins   27
49 Owen Kelly   23
50 Paul Morris   21
51 Jonny Reid   21
52 Daniel Gaunt   21
53 Scott Pye   20
54 Steven Richards   19

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Sandown 500 Race Guide

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