Whin­cup leads home Triple Eight trifecta

The Morning Bulletin - - SPORTS DIGEST - – Will Dale

To­tal dom­i­na­tion. Triple Eight sim­ply an­ni­hi­lated their Su­per­cars op­po­si­tion in win­ning the Sandown 500, Jamie Whin­cup and Paul Dum­brell lead­ing a to­tal team lock­out of the podium. Shane van Gis­ber­gen and Earl Bam­ber came home sec­ond from Craig Lown­des and Steven Richards, the first time in race history that one team has filled the top three po­si­tions. The only time Car No.1 lost the lead was dur­ing the pit stops, hand­ing the point over for just two tours out of 161. Their clos­est chal­lenger – Scott McLaugh­lin and Alex Pre­mat – were a whop­ping 25 sec­onds be­hind. The re­sults see van Gis­ber­gen ex­tend his cham­pi­onship lead over McLaugh­lin to 55 points ahead of the Bathurst 1000. Whin­cup en­coun­tered heavy traf­fic with five laps to go, bring­ing his ad­van­tage down sharply from over eight sec­onds to un­der six. A lap later it was un­der five. An­other lap later it was down un­der four. But that was as close as it got, Whin­cup run­ning home the win­ner by al­most seven sec­onds with the first three cars cov­ered by just eight. McLaugh­lin held off Reynolds for best of the rest, with Scott Pye and War­ren Luff charg­ing from 19th on the grid to fin­ish sixth. “We couldn’t be hap­pier,” Whin­cup said. “The car has been awe­some all week­end. We just kept our heads down and kept con­cen­trat­ing.”

Photo: Daniel Kal­isz

ON HIS WAY: Jamie Whin­cup leads Craig Lown­des at Sandown In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Race­way.

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