Huge Su­per­cars crash

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CAM Wa­ters has taken pole po­si­tion for the Sandown 500 on a qual­i­fy­ing day marred by a ma­jor crash to Su­per­cars young gun Todd Hazel­wood.

Wa­ters, with Kiwi co-driver Richie Stan­away, stole a march on their more ex­pe­ri­enced ri­vals yes­ter­day and share the front row of the grid with the fel­low Fal­con of series leader Scott McLaugh­lin.

The Pro­drive Rac­ing pair, com­bined beau­ti­fully in Mel­bourne.

Stan­away surged to be third with stun­ning ease af­ter the co­drivers qual­i­fy­ing race.

Wa­ters fin­ished the job in the full­time driv­ers race by jump­ing front-row starters McLaugh­lin and David Reynolds off the line.

He held off a chal­lenge from McLaugh­lin to grab a sec­ond pole po­si­tion of his Su­per­cars ca­reer.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely pumped and didn’t ex­pect it,’’ Wa­ters said.

‘‘From the start the car was amaz­ing. We’re in with a re­ally good shot to­mor­row. I wanted to do a burnout at the end but it wasn’t a race so we’ll have to try and do it to­mor­row.’’

Stan­away said it was a ‘‘per­fect day to­day . . . an amaz­ing re­sult for the team’’.

McLaugh­lin will be con­tent with sec­ond place, though Jamie Whin­cup – his clos­est cham­pi­onship ri­val – lurks be­hind in fourth.

David Reynolds and Luke Youlden were the best per­formed Holden, and will be­gin in third.

The third row of the grid will be filled with two more Fal­cons – Fabian Coulthard of DJR Team Penske and Chaz Mostert, who smashed his own race lap record.

Mean­while, Brad Jones Rac­ing will be a car down for to­day’s race af­ter Hazel­wood’s crash.

The 21-year-old was sent hurtling into the tyre wall from a 260kmh af­ter Jono Webb failed to yield in the co-driv­ers race.

His Com­modore was wrecked in the im­pact, while Hazel­wood was able to walk away and later raced in the devel­op­ment series.

Webb’s Te­kno Au­tosports Holden couldn’t com­plete qual­i­fy­ing and – if re­paired – will start from the back to­day.

Reign­ing cham­pion Shane van Gis­ber­gen has it all to do af­ter a dire day. He tan­gled with Coulthard in prac­tice, saw co­driver Matt Camp­bell miss the AAP GETTY IM­AGES start in his race be­fore botch­ing a pass­ing move of his own to fin­ish 19th.

‘‘It was a pretty av­er­age day, we strug­gled all day,’’ van Gis­ber­gen said. ‘‘We’ll start 19th to­mor­row, the car has some speed so it’s not the end of the world, but we’re go­ing to have to come up with some­thing overnight to get a faster car.’’

Team-mate Craig Lown­des also suf­fered a power steer­ing is­sue and will start from 24th in the 500km clas­sic.

The Holden Com­modore of Todd Hazel­wood som­er­saults through the air af­ter a col­li­sion dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing for the Sandown 500 yes­ter­day.

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