Waters claims Armor All Sandown 500 pole

Tom Howard

Saturday 16th September, 2017 - 5:04pm

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Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway will start the Wilson Security Sandown 500 from pole position

Cameron Waters has claimed the Armor All pole position for Sunday’s Wilson Security Sandown 500 after taking victory in the second Race to the Grid heat.

The former Dunlop Super2 Series winner made the most of a stellar start from third to take control of the race in the #6 Prodrive Ford, which he is sharing with Kiwi Richie Stanaway.

Waters was shadowed throughout by championship leader Scott McLaughlin in the #17 Shell Ford.

However, the Monster Energy backed driver held his nerve to take the race win and claim his second career Supercars pole.

McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat will start alongside the Ford after finishing second, while the David Reynolds/Luke Youlden Erebus Motorsport entry secured third.

Waters produced a stunning getaway from the line that allowed him to dive down the inside of David Reynolds and Scott McLaughlin to take the lead at Turn 1.

Jamie Whincup moved up to fourth ahead of Fabian Coulthard, while Dale Wood jumped up to sixth from ninth on the grid.

Meanwhile, smoke began to pour from Craig Lowndes’ Triple Eight Holden which eventually resulted in a retirement on lap 6 due to a power steering issue.

The top four remained unchanged despite McLaughlin offering a strong challenge in the DJR Team Penske Falcon.

A hard charging Jamie Whincup finished fourth to claim a second row starting berth for the #88 Red Holden, that he will drive alongside Paul Dumbrell.

Whincup tried to pass Reynolds on the final lap but was unable to make the move stick.

After dropping to eighth, Chaz Mostert produced an impressive recovery drive to claim fifth and a place on the third row for he and Steve Owen.

Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto (#12 Shell V-Power Racing) will start sixth ahead of the Dale Wood/Chris Pither Erebus Holden.

Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Garth Tander came home in eighth ahead of Mark Winterbottom (Prodrive) and Nick Percat (Brad Jones Racing).

Title contender Shane van Gisbergen will start Sunday’s race from 19th on the grid in the #97 Red Bull Holden.

Meanwhile, Jason Bright was unable to take the start in his #56 Prodrive Falcon after a starter motor problem.

The entry returned to the fray two laps into the race before going on to finish in 23rd spot.

Tekno Autosports’ entry for Will Davison and Jonathon Webb was absent from the grid along with the #4 Brad Jones Racing Holden for Tim Blanchard and Todd Hazelwood, following a huge crash in the earlier co-driver race.

The Supercars field will return for a 20 minute warm-up on Sunday at 0940 AEST, ahead of the showpiece Sandown 500 at 1315.

Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Wilson Security Sandown 500 Race to the Grid 2

1 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 19 22:01.9137
2 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 19 22:02.3344
3 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 19 22:03.3094
4 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 19 22:03.7734
5 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 19 22:07.4566
6 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 19 22:08.7038
7 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 19 22:09.7386
8 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 19 22:10.5215
9 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 19 22:11.2200
10 Mongrel Boots Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 19 22:14.0036
11 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 19 22:14.7869
12 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 19 22:15.1024
13 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 19 22:17.1743
14 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 19 22:17.5305
15 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 19 22:18.3748
16 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 19 22:18.9707
17 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 19 22:19.2891
18 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 19 22:19.7167
19 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 19 22:20.6046
20 Plus Fitness Racing Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 19 22:26.7329
21 Repair Management Aust Racing Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 19 22:31.3867
22 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 19 22:33.4409
23 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 17 22:55.9012
DNF TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF  5  5:55.1457

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