Kiwi Stan­away wins Sandown 500 with Wa­ters

The Press - - Sport - BEN MCKAY

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).

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