Waters/Stanaway claim Sandown 500 win

Tom Howard

Sunday 17th September, 2017 - 5:34pm

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Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway took out the Wilson Security Sandown 500

Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway produced a faultless drive to take out an eventful Wilson Security Sandown 500.

After a opening lap crash provided an hour long suspension, the Prodrive Ford duo controlled a time certain race for large periods, only losing the lead during the pit stop cycle.

Polesitters Waters and Stanaway were challenged by Shell V-Power Racing’s Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat throughout, but the championship leading Falcon came up just short.

The triumph marked Waters’ first win and podium as a primary Supercars driver and a maiden win for co-driver Stanaway.

The #97 Red Bull Holden of Shane van Gisbergen and Matt Campbell enjoyed a remarkable run from 21st to third with the duo on course for a podium until a puncture late on.

This elevated the #55 Prodrive entry of Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen to third, despite incurring a five-second penalty early in the race.

Triple Eight’s Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell appeared strong contenders for the victory, although a puncture in the second stint forced them to fight back from 23rd to sixth.

The race turned into a time certain affair following a heavy opening lap crash for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Taz Douglas at Turn 6.

The co-driver of the #3 Aaren Russell entry suffered a right front puncture following contact with Ash Walsh, that turned the #75 Brad Jones Racing entry around at Turn 4.

As a result, Douglas was powerless to avoid the barriers at Turn 6 that required extensive repairs under the red flag.

At the stoppage, Richie Stanaway (#6 Prodrive Ford) led Alex Premat (#17 Shell Ford) with Paul Dumbrell (#88 Red Bull Holden) in third.

Prior to the red flag, the big movers were Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Holden) and Craig Lowndes (TeamVortex) who were the only primary drivers to start the race.

After starting from 21st, van Gisbergen surged to 13th on the opening lap while Lowndes assumed 17th position from 23rd.

Dean Canto in #5 Prodrive Ford was among the losers as he was nudged off the road at Turn 4 by Jack Perkins in the #22 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Commodore.

At the restart, Stanaway streaked into a lead as Premat came under pressure from Dumbrell for second.

Van Gisbergen continued his charge as he surged into the top 10, while team-mate Lowndes pitted early to hand over to co-driver Steven Richards to complete the permitted 54 lap minimum for a co-driver.

Dumbrell soon moved up to second with a move on Premat at Turn 1.

Meanwhile, Steve Owen (#55 Chaz Mostert Ford) was issued a five-second penalty for leaving Luke Youlden with no room when overtaking for fourth at Turn 9.

Van Gisbergen inherited the lead when the front two pitted, before diving into the pits to hand over to co-driver Matt Campbell, as Premat followed the Holden in to pit lane.

An early stop under the Safety Car saw the #75 of Ash Walsh and Tim Slade out of sequence with the field, Walsh holding the lead after the first round of stops from Dumbrell, Stanaway, Premat and Campbell.

However, the complexion of the race changed when Dumbrell suffered a right rear puncture while hassling leader Walsh.

The #88 co-driver dropped a wheel off the road at Turn 1, which may have contributed to the failure.

He dropped to 23rd almost a lap down after ducking into the pits for a replacement tyre.

At the front, Stanaway caught and passed Walsh for the lead, who then took a long stop on lap 40, remaining in the car to complete his required distance.

Premat moved into second with Campbell third and D’Alberto (#12 Shell V-Power Ford) fourth.

The critical lap 54 sparked a flurry of pit stops as teams handed over to their primary drivers.

Waters took over the lead from Stanaway in front of McLaughlin, while third-placed Campbell stayed in the #97 in third having yet reached his minimum distance.

Walsh, still out of sequence, held fourth in the #75 BJR entry ahead of Fabian Coulthard (#12 Shell Ford), Chaz Mostert (#55 Prodrive Ford) and the GRM duo of Garth Tander and James Moffat.

Whincup soon took over the #88 Triple Eight in 14th position following their earlier puncture.

Further back, Erebus Motorsport’s challenge unravelled when David Reynolds suffered a right front puncture while sitting just outside of the top 10.

McLaughlin began to close in on Waters after the final stops.

Despite applying pressure throughout the closing stages, the positions remained unchanged until the chequered flag.

Drama struck the #97 when van Gisbergen suffered a right front puncture on lap 106, dropping him from third to 16th at the flag.

As a result, Mostert inherited the final place on the podium.

A solid run throughout saw Garth Tander and James Golding emerge as the top Holden in fourth after a late pass on Coulthard.

James Moffat brought the #34 GRM Holden he shared with Richard Muscat home in seventh ahead of the Lee Holdsworth/Karl Reindler Commodore.

Tim Slade finally replaced Walsh on lap 85, driving the final stint to claim ninth for #75 BJR entry, while Mark Winterbottom and Dean Canto (#5 Prodrive) completed the top 10.

Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards finished in 12th position.

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport suffered double heartache after being issued with a 30 point penalty and a $5,000 fine after #62 co-driver Alex Davison exited the pits with a loose right rear wheel.

The two LDM cars were the only retirements from the race.

Second place for McLaughlin sees the Shell V-Power Racing driver extend his championship advantage to 84 points over Whincup.

Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Wilson Security Sandown 500

1 Monster Energy Racing C.Waters/R.Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 125 3:31:35.785
2 Shell V-Power Racing Team S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Ford Falcon FG/X 125 3:31:36.460
3 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 125 3:31:58.360
4 Wilson Security Racing GRM G.Tander/J.Golding Holden Commodore VF 125 3:32:02.953
5 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG/X 125 3:32:03.505
6 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 125 3:32:12.181
7 Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Moffat/R.Muscat Holden Commodore VF 125 3:32:13.124
8 Preston Hire Racing L.Holdsworth/K.Reindler Holden Commodore VF 125 3:32:14.561
9 Freightliner Racing T.Slade/A.Walsh Holden Commodore VF 125 3:32:18.304
10 The Bottle-O Racing Team M.Winterbottom/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 125 3:32:19.725
11 Mobil 1 HSV Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 125 3:32:23.015
12 TeamVortex C.Lowndes/S.Richards Holden Commodore VF 125 3:32:33.423
13 TEKNO Woodstock Racing W.Davison/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 125 3:32:45.389
14 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing D.Wood/C.Pither Holden Commodore VF 124 3:31:49.189
15 Sengled Racing R.Kelly/D.Wall Nissan Altima 124 3:31:57.345
16 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust S.Van Gisbergen/M.Campbell Holden Commodore VF 124 3:32:05.057
17 MEGA Racing J.Bright/G.Jacobson Ford Falcon FG/X 124 3:32:19.432
18 carsales Racing T.Kelly/J.Le Brocq Nissan Altima 124 3:32:33.742
19 Erebus Penrite Racing D.Reynolds/L.Youlden Holden Commodore VF 124 3:32:34.831
20 Team Harvey Norman S.De Silvestro/D.Russell Nissan Altima 124 3:32:41.482
21 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 123 3:31:57.622
22 Mobil 1 HSV Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 113 3:31:58.665
23 Mongrel Boots Racing N.Percat/M.Jones Holden Commodore VF 109 3:32:23.122
DNF Repair Management Aust Racing A.Rullo/A.Davison Holden Commodore VF 43 2:29:23.294
DNF Plus Fitness Racing Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VF

Championship points: After Race 19

1 Scott McLaughlin 2334
2 Jamie Whincup 2250
3 Fabian Coulthard 2173
4 Chaz Mostert 2052
5 Shane Van Gisbergen 1914
6 Mark Winterbottom 1659
7 Garth Tander 1608
8 Craig Lowndes 1584
9 Cameron Waters 1564
10 David Reynolds 1491
11 Tim Slade 1281
12 Lee Holdsworth 1269
13 James Moffat 1227
14 Will Davison 1146
15 Rick Kelly 1146
16 Michael Caruso 1095
17 Nick Percat 1089
18 Scott Pye 1084
19 James Courtney 1047
20 Todd Kelly 1039
21 Jason Bright 975
22 Tim Blanchard 828
23 Simona De Silvestro 822
24 Dale Wood 699
25 Alex Rullo 438
26 James Golding 402
27 Richie Stanaway 300
28 Alexandre Premat 276
29 Steve Owen 258
30 Jack Le Brocq 237
31 Tony D’Alberto 222
32 Macauley Jones 219
33 Paul Dumbrell 204
34 Taz Douglas 198
35 Richard Muscat 192
36 Karl Reindler 180
37 Ashley Walsh 168
38 Dean Canto 156
39 Shae Davies 153
40 Jack Perkins 144
41 Alex Davison 141
42 Steven Richards 138
43 Jonathon Webb 132
44 Chris Pither 126
45 David Wall 120
46 Matthew Campbell 114
47 Garry Jacobson 108
48 Luke Youlden 96
49 Todd Hazelwood 90
50 David Russell 90
51 Dean Fiore 84
52 Cameron McConville 81
53 Warren Luff 78
54 Aaren Russell 69
55 Matthew Brabham 57

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