Whincup/Dumbrell take commanding Sandown win

Sunday 14th September, 2014 - 5:15pm

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Whincup and Dumbrell scored victory in the Sandown 500

Whincup and Dumbrell scored victory in the Sandown 500

Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell have recorded a second consecutive victory in the Wilson Security Sandown 500 on a dominant day for Holden.

The #1 Red Bull Commodore showed the way for the majority of the 161 laps, only briefly losing the lead in the first pitstop cycle.

The Holden Racing Team took out a double-podium with James Courtney/Greg Murphy second and Garth Tander/Warren Luff third.

Tander held out Craig Lowndes in a late battle for the final podium spot, while Scott Pye/Ash Walsh drove Dick Johnson Racing’s #16 Ford to a fine fifth.

The race included a major crash for Lee Holdsworth early in the final stint.

The Erebus driver was able to walk away from a heavily damaged Mercedes after a high-speed impact with the tyre wall at Turn 6.

The Holdsworth Safety Car saw Whincup’s near 12 second lead over Courtney evaporate ahead of a restart with 22 laps remaining.

Although potentially setting up a thrilling finish, the HRT Commodore had to fight its way through three lapped cars after the green flag and never appeared likely to truly challenge.

Behind the top five, Shane van Gisbergen drove his Tekno Holden to sixth despite a power steering fluid leak in the closing stages.

Co-driver Jonathon Webb ran second to Dumbrell for much of the early going before losing crucial pace late in his final stint before handing over to Van Gisbergen.

With co-drivers needing to complete 54 laps all cars, bar the David Reynolds/Dean Canto Ford, started with their part-timer behind the wheel.

A Safety Car to fix the apex cones at Turn 6 on lap 45 ensured the majority of co-drivers battled it out for longer than expected, as they then stayed in the car until able to make it home on just two more stops.

Reynolds and Canto were well in contention for a podium until a drive-through for the car’s rear-wheels spinning during their second driver change put them back in the pack.

A similar infringement also took care of Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore, who vaulted into the top 10 mix as the eventual result of an early first pitstop.

Chaz Mostert salvaged seventh from a trying weekend for Ford Performance Racing, barging Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo out of the way late in the going.

Mostert enjoyed fresher tyres than his rivals at the end after going off-sequence in order to take over from co-driver Paul Morris as early as possible.

McLaughlin and Alex Premat finished eighth despite losing signifiant ground during the pitstops on lap 45, where the Frenchman found himself stuck behind Oliver Gavin, who was in turn waiting for service behind team-mate Tony D’Alberto.

Reynolds finished ninth, ahead of stable-mate Mark Winterbottom, who never truly recovered from a spin by co-driver Steve Owen late in his final stint.

Joining Holdsworth on the retirements list were Jason Bright/Andrew Jones, whose day began with losing a door skin during a hectic opening lap, and ended courtesy of debris from the Mercedes crash.

Taz Douglas and James Moffat earlier saw their race over due to a dry-break fuel filler malfunction that saw the team unable to remove the fuel hose during the #360 Nissan’s maiden pitstop on lap 15.

The results see Whincup extend his championship lead out to 273 points over now second placed man Lowndes.

Winterbottom now sits third, a further four points adrift of the second Red Bull driver.

Result: Race 29 V8 Supercars, Sandown 500

1
Red Bull Racing Australia
J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell
Holden Commodore VF
161
03:22:44.31
2
Holden Racing Team
J.Courtney/G.Murphy
Holden Commodore VF
161
03:22:46.96
3
Holden Racing Team
G.Tander/W.Luff
Holden Commodore VF
161
03:22:49.52
4
Red Bull Racing Australia
C.Lowndes/S.Richards
Holden Commodore VF
161
03:22:49.98
5
Wilson Security Racing
S.Pye/A.Walsh
Ford Falcon FG
161
03:22:53.27
6
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb
Holden Commodore VF
161
03:22:57.06
7
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
C.Mostert/P.Morris
Ford Falcon FG
161
03:22:57.54
8
Valvoline Racing GRM
S.McLaughlin/A.Premat
Volvo S60
161
03:22:59.45
9
The Bottle-O Racing Team
D.Reynolds/D.Canto
Ford Falcon FG
161
03:23:01.34
10
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
M.Winterbottom/S.Owen
Ford Falcon FG
161
03:23:05.37
11
Lockwood Racing
F.Coulthard/L.Youlden
Holden Commodore VF
161
03:23:06.52
12
Supercheap Auto Racing
T.Slade/T.D'Alberto
Holden Commodore VF
161
03:23:07.29
13
Jack Daniel's Racing
R.Kelly/D.Russell
Nissan Altima
161
03:23:07.58
14
Repair Management Aust Racing
R.Ingall/T.Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
160
03:22:59.78
15
Team JELD-WEN
J.Perkins/C.Waters
Ford Falcon FG
160
03:23:00.95
16
Wilson Security Racing
D.Wall/S.Johnson
Ford Falcon FG
160
03:23:09.31
17
Valvoline Racing GRM
R.Dahlgren/G.Ritter
Volvo S60
160
03:23:11.13
18
Norton Hornets
M.Caruso/D.Fiore
Nissan Altima
160
03:23:11.38
19
Team Advam/GB
D.Wood/C.Pither
Holden Commodore VF
160
03:23:16.15
20
Jack Daniel's Racing
T.Kelly/A.Buncombe
Nissan Altima
160
03:23:34.89
21
Erebus Motorsport V8
W.Davison/A.Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
159
03:23:16.68
22
Walkinshaw Racing
N.Percat/O.Gavin
Holden Commodore VF
127
03:23:33.81
DNF
Erebus Motorsport V8
L.Holdsworth/C.Baird
Mercedes E63 AMG
130
02:40:54.77
DNF
Team BOC
J.Bright/A.Jones
Holden Commodore VF
111
02:40:53.33
DNF
Norton Hornets
Taz Douglas
Nissan Altima
15
18:05.31

Championship points after Race 29

1
Jamie Whincup
2325
2
Craig Lowndes
2052
3
Mark Winterbottom
2046
4
Shane Van Gisbergen
1982
5
James Courtney
1964
6
Fabian Coulthard
1856
7
Chaz Mostert
1694
8
Scott McLaughlin
1677
9
Garth Tander
1662
10
David Reynolds
1402
11
Jason Bright
1329
12
Michael Caruso
1328
13
Scott Pye
1323
14
Will Davison
1302
15
Rick Kelly
1268
16
Nick Percat
1236
17
Russell Ingall
1188
18
James Moffat
1187
19
Lee Holdsworth
1117
20
David Wall
1094
21
Tim Slade
1074
22
Dale Wood
936
23
Jack Perkins
905
24
Todd Kelly
839
25
Robert Dahlgren
663
26
Paul Dumbrell
300
27
Greg Murphy
276
28
Warren Luff
258
29
Steven Richards
240
30
Ashley Walsh
222
31
Jonathon Webb
204
32
Paul Morris
192
33
Alexandre Premat
180
34
Dean Canto
168
35
Steve Owen
156
36
Luke Youlden
144
37
Tony D'Alberto
138
38
David Russell
132
39
Tim Blanchard
126
40
Cameron Waters
120
41
Steven Johnson
114
42
Greg Ritter
108
43
Dean Fiore
102
44
Chris Pither
96
45
Alex Buncombe
90
46
Alex Davison
84
47
Oliver Gavin
78
48
Taz Douglas
0
49
Craig Baird
0
50
Andrew Jones
0

 

 

 

 

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