Kiwi Stanaway wins Sandown 500 with Waters
New Zealand driver Richie Stanaway has denied compatriot and Supercars series leader Scott McLaughlin in an upset victory in the Sandown 500.
Cam Waters claimed a first Supercars victory with teammate Stanaway in a Ford lockout.
The Prodrive Racing pair were outsiders coming into the Melbourne race but showed their speed to win pole position on Saturday. On Sunday, they showed their grit to withstand challenges from all-comers.
McLaughlin and Alex Premat’s No 17 Falcon came closest, but couldn’t eat into the No 6 car’s lead as the laps ticked down.
The two Red Bull Holdens, led by Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen, both suffered tyre blow-outs to end their podium hopes. Chaz Mostert rounded out the podium after recovering from a five-second penalty incurred by co-driver Steve Owen.
The young pair’s breakthrough win emphatically ended a Ford enduro drought going seven races without success – last winning at the same circuit in 2015 when Mark Winterbottom saluted with Steve Owen.
McLaughlin (2334 points) leads the driver standings ahead of Whincup (2250) and Fabian Coulthard (2173) with reigning champion Van Gisbergen fifth (1914).