Waters’ pole gives Prodrive a chance for glory
CAMERON Waters caused a qualifying shock yesterday with the Ford young gun upstaging series leader Scott McLaughlin to score pole for the Sandown 500.
Waters combined with Richie Stanaway to set up a sur- prise shot at Sandown glory for Prodrive Racing Australia.
Out-dragging McLaughlin in the final qualifying race, Waters held off the DJR Team Penske heavyweight to score his first “Endurance Cup’’ pole in the 19-lap blast.
‘‘The car was amazing and we are in with a really good shot for tomorrow,” Waters said.
McLaughlin held off Erebus Holden driver Dave Reynolds to continue his championship charge and book a front row spot. “We are there or thereabouts and I am looking forward to getting back in the car,’’ he said.
Jamie Whincup remained in the championship fight by clawing to fourth place in the final qualifying race.
The Red Bull star was Triple Eight Racing’s sole shining light with Shane Van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes both struck down during the day of qualifying drama.