Ford young guns tri­umph

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - BEN McKAY

CAM Wa­ters has claimed a first Su­per­cars vic­tory, deny­ing se­ries leader Scott McLaugh­lin to win the Sandown 500 with team­mate Richie Stan­away in a Ford lock­out.

The Pro­drive Rac­ing pair were out­siders but showed their speed to win pole po­si­tion on Satur­day.

Yes­ter­day they showed their grit to with­stand chal­lenges from all-com­ers. McLaugh­lin and Alex Pre­mat’s No.17 Fal­con came clos­est, but could not eat into the No.6 car’s lead as the laps ticked down.

The Red Bull Hold­ens of Jamie Whin­cup and Shane Van Gis­ber­gen suf­fered tyre blowouts.

Chaz Mostert rounded out the podium af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a five-sec­ond penalty in­curred by co­driver Steve Owen.

While McLaugh­lin would cheer a strength­en­ing of his se­ries lead, it was Wa­ters who cel­e­brated hard­est — treat­ing the crowd to burnouts for the win. “I don’t know what to say, I’m so pumped,” he said.

“I didn’t think I could hold (McLaugh­lin) off but we man­aged to keep the gap. It’s awe­some.”

Stan­away said the win, on only his sec­ond visit to Sandown, was un­be­liev­able.

“I can’t thank the team enough. They gave us an amaz­ing car this week­end . . . we’ll re­ally en­joy this re­sult,” he said.

Garth Tan­der and James Gold­ing’s No.33 Com­modore was the first Holden home in fifth.

The en­durance clas­sic was re­duced to 125 laps — or 387km — af­ter a first-lap crash at turn six.

The cor­ner ended Taz Dou­glas’s day. It meant a time-en­forced fin­ish, and a re­jig­ging of strate­gies. Van Gis­ber­gen was a ben­e­fi­ciary hav­ing opted to start the race — one of two lead driv­ers to do so.

He surged through the field, start­ing 21st but end­ing up in 13th by the race sus­pen­sion.

The reign­ing cham­pion handed over to Matt Camp­bell with the car sit­ting third, and re­mained there with 20 laps to go be­fore the blowout.

Whin­cup and Dum­brell also would have been con­tenders but a lap 35 punc­ture while Dum­brell was in the car — and in the ef­fec­tive lead — be­gan a dire day for Roland Dane’s Red Bull team. The re­sult puts DJR Team Penske in front of the con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship by 378 points.

McLaugh­lin (2334 points) leads the driver stand­ings from Whin­cup (2250) and Fabian Coulthard (2173).

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

Taz Dou­glas, of Re­pair Rac­ing Man­age­ment Aus­tralia, crashes yes­ter­day.

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