Paul Dumbrell has given Jamie Whincup’s new Red Bull Holden the perfect debut, scoring victory in a chaotic qualifying heat at Sandown.
Starting third, it took just over a lap for Dumbrell to find his way by both Pepsi Max Prodrive Fords.
Pole-sitter Cameron Waters led the opening corners before a left-front lock-up into Turn 9 saw the #6 Falcon run wide, dropping places to Steve Owen, Dumbrell and Jonathon Webb.
Dumbrell then cut past Owen at Turn 1 on the second lap before clearing out to record a 7.2s win at the end of the 20 laps.
The results hands pole position to Whincup for the afternoon’s second heat, with second for Owen ensuring Mark Winterbottom the outside of the front-row.
“A few guys had a scuffle so I thought I’d get out front and get the hell out of there,” smiled Dumbrell afterward.
Waters came home third ahead of Canto and Jonathon Webb, who lost places to both Fords with off track excursions, the second of which occurred on the final lap.
Returning veteran Russell Ingall carved from 12th on the grid to sixth on lap one, which he then held to the chequered flag.
Tony D’Alberto, Marcos Ambrose, Luke Youlden and Karl Reindler completed the top 10, with Sebastien Bourdais 11th.
The Frenchman started fourth but was bumped wide at Turn 1 by Webb, before copping a further shove from Ambrose, who in turn had been nudged by Canto. Miraculously, all avoided spinning in the melee.
Alex Buncombe spun Chris Pither at Turn 9 on lap two, before the second Volvo of Alexandre Premat turned Andrew Jones around at the same corner five laps later.
Radiator damage took Jones out of the race. He was soon joined on the sidelines by David Russell, who pitted with damaged suspension after two off-track excursions.
The primary drivers will take to the track for the second qualifying race at 1610, setting the grid for Sunday’s Sandown 500.
Result: V8 Supercars Wilson Security Sandown 500, Qualifying Race 1
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||20||23:26.4669|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew||Steve Owen||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||23:33.5885|
|3||Pepsi Max Crew||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||23:36.2732|
|4||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Dean Canto||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||23:37.4506|
|5||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||20||23:38.9759|
|6||Holden Racing Team||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||20||23:40.0590|
|7||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||20||23:41.9204|
|8||DJR Team Penske||Marcos Ambrose||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||23:42.2860|
|9||Freightliner Racing||Luke Youlden||Holden Commodore VF||20||23:45.6976|
|10||Team Cooldrive||Karl Reindler||Holden Commodore VF||20||23:47.1630|
|11||Walkinshaw Racing||Sebastien Bourdais||Holden Commodore VF||20||23:51.1140|
|12||Red Bull Racing Australia||Steven Richards||Holden Commodore VF||20||23:51.9081|
|13||Erebus Motorsport V8||Alex Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||20||23:55.8500|
|14||Repair Management Aust Racing||Oliver Gavin||Holden Commodore VF||20||23:57.2421|
|15||Super Black Racing||Ant Pedersen||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||23:59.5881|
|16||Holden Racing Team||Warren Luff||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:00.7339|
|17||Nissan Motorsport||Dean Fiore||Nissan Altima||20||24:02.0605|
|18||Erebus Motorsport V8||Jack Le Brocq||Mercedes E63 AMG||20||24:02.7677|
|19||GB Galvanizing Racing||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:07.2361|
|20||Nissan Motorsport||Taz Douglas||Nissan Altima||20||24:07.4238|
|21||Nissan Motorsport||Alex Buncombe||Nissan Altima||20||24:07.4277|
|22||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Volvo S60||20||24:07.8872|
|23||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Chris Pither||Volvo S60||20||24:08.8996|
|DNF||Nissan Motorsport||David Russell||Nissan Altima||12||14:42.7547|
|DNF||Team BOC||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VF||6||7:11.4010|