GI­ANT KILLER

The Advertiser - - SPORT - JAMES PHELPS MEL­BOURNE

A STAR was born at Sandown Race­way yes­ter­day when Cameron Wa­ters turned gi­ant killer to beat Scott McLaugh­lin and be­come a V8 King.

Writ­ing his name into the proud 46 year his­tory of the fa­mous Mel­bourne race, Wa­ters joined V8 im­mor­tals Peter Brock, Mark Skaife and Al­lan Mof­fat as a Sandown 500 cham­pion by win­ning a 125 lap war.

In a race cut short by 36 laps after a spec­tac­u­lar lap-one shunt forced an hour-long red flag, the Pro­drive Rac­ing Aus- tralia (PRA) young-gun pulled off a Sandown shock to de­liver Ford an en­durance sea­son start­ing win by sur­viv­ing to win his first ever race.

Wa­ters, 23, an­nounced him­self as a V8 force by beat­ing the fly­ing Ford of DJR Team Penske heavy­weight McLaugh­lin by just over halfa-se­cond to de­liver on his po­ten­tial and prom­ise.

Wa­ters ar­rived as the new kid on the V8 block.

“I don’t know what to say,’’ he said. “I didn’t think I could keep Scotty off for the last lit­tle bit but we won and I am just so pumped.’’

Richie Stan­away also added his name to the sil­ver­ware with the Kiwi co-driver fault­less in the open­ing stint that set-up the win for Wa­ters.

‘I am very proud to get the re­sult,’’ Stan­away said.

“I can’t thank the guys at PRA enough.’’

The race opened in spec­tac­u­lar scenes when Taz Dou­glas went hurtling into a wall on the first lap.

In an­other Sandown heart­stop­per, the Holden co-driver speared off the track and smashed into a tyre bun­dle at an es­ti­mated 150km/h.

Dou­glas emerged un­hurt – but the safety bar­rier was se­ri­ously dam­aged with of­fi­cials to red-flag the race.

Race of­fi­cials scram­bled to re­pair the dam­age to the tyre wall as the field peeled into the pits for an un­wel­come and un­sched­uled stop.

And they were left to wait with the clean-up and re­pairs tak­ing al­most 60 min­utes in a stop­page that forced a time­cer­tain race.

With 35 laps stripped from the race, pole-sit­ter Stan­away pow­ered to the lead at the rolling restart as Alexan­dre Pre­mat and Paul Dum­brell gave chase.

“Con­grats to Cam and I know ex­actly what it feels like to get that first win,’’ McLaugh­lin said.

“It is awe­some for him and well done.

“I am pretty stoked and this is a win for us and now we will move on to Bathurst.’’

Chaz Mostert made it a dou­ble podium for PRA by claim­ing third while Shane van Gis­ber­gen’s cham­pi­onship took a bat­ter­ing when he blew a tyre at the bit­ter end to fin­ish 16th. Jamie Whin­cup re­cov­ered from a blow-out for sixth which keeps him in cham­pi­onship con­tention.

Pic­ture: AAP/DAVID CROSLING

SHOCK WIN: Cameron Wa­ters heads to the line to win the short­ened Sandown 500 at Sandown Race­way yes­ter­day.

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