Waters’ pole gives Pro­drive a chance for glory

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - JAMES PHELPS

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.

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