V8 Supercars | EPIC Ford Vs Holden Battle for Sandown 500

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Sandown 500

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

V8 Supercars Wilson Security Sandown 500 Saturday

A cool and overcast day greeted fans as made their way to the track for the start of V8 Supercars action at Sandown Raceway.

While the Wilson Security Sandown 500 would be Sunday’s feature race, the V8 Supercars would complete a final practice session before a qualifying session which determined the grid for the two qualifying sprint races.

Practice 4

The V8 Supercars field started the morning with a 40 minute practice session for both drivers. The session was mostly uneventful except for a single red flag when Dale Wood parked his GB Galvanising Racing Commodore in the gravel trap at the end of Turn 1. His car was quickly recovered and the session resumed without further incidents.

Pepsi Max Crew continued their form with Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert setting the fastest times.

Qualifying

The Pepsi Max crew continued the pace they set in practice with Chaz Mostert finishing with the fastest time ahead of team mate Mark Winterbottom. Red Bull’s Jamie Whincup continued his return to form by ending the session with the third fastest time.

Qualifying Race 1

With 20 laps there was not much to gain, but plenty to lose for the co-drivers in the first qualifying race of the day, however the co-drivers didn’t hold back with several incidents which resulted in lost grid spots and plenty of bent panels.

The biggest losers were Team BOC’s Andrew Jones (partnered with Jason Bright) and Jack Daniel’s Racing’s David Russell (partnered with Rick Kelly) who both failed to finish the race, giving Bright and Kelly plenty of work to make up spots in the second race.

Red Bull Racing’s Paul Dumbrell (partnered with Jamie Whincup) benefited from mistakes by Steve Owen and Cameron Waters to win the race which put Whincup on pole for the second qualifying race. Owen (partnered with Mark Winterbottom) finished second, while Waters (partnered with Chaz Mostert) finished third.

Qualifying Race 2

The second 20 lap qualifying race let the main championship drivers make up lost grid positions although things didn’t go to plan for Jack Perkins (Holden Racing Team) and Andre Heimgartner (Super Black Racing) both crashing on the back straight and failed to finish the race. As a result, both teams will start the 500 kilometre race tomorrow from the back of the grid.

However out in front it was the usual status quo of Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) taking the chequered flag closely followed by Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew) and Chaz Mostert (Pepsi Max Crew).

Sandown 500 Grid

As a result of the two qualifying races, Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell will start from pole with Mark Winterbottom and Steve Owen starting alongside in a true Holden verse Ford battle.

On the second row of the grid Mostert and Waters will line up beside the Team Darrell Lea Holden Commodore of Shane Van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb.

Championship Coverage

V8 Supercars action continues at Sandown Raceway with the Sandown 500 on Sunday.

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