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Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes claimed pole position for the Sandown 500 after a third and first in the two qualifying races on Saturday.
Lowndes finished third in the co-driver race behind Garth Tander and a fast finishing Will Brown, who drove brilliantly in greasy condition. Teammates James Moffat and Thomas Randle came together at turn 1. Randle was able to continue while Moffat limped the Supercheap Auto Mustang back to the garage.
Shane van Gisbergen and Anton De Pasquale started on the front row for the second race and came together at turn 1 as De Pasquale swept around the outside of the number 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Commodore. Both cars spun as a result of the contact, with van Gisbergen’s front right wheel awry. Van Gisbergen dropped a lap as he limped back to the pits as stewards conducted an investigation into the incident. Surprisingly it was De Pasquale who received a drive through penalty as Shane van Gisbergen blamed himself for the contact.
Supercars’ umpire Craig Baird admits he made the wrong call in giving Anton De Pasquale a penalty for his Turn 1 clash with Shane van Gisbergen on Saturday at Sandown.
Both Holdens spun as a result of contact at the start of the primary driver sprint race, which determined the grid for Sunday’s Penrite Oil Sandown 500.
Starting the 20-lap contest from third, van Gisbergen out-braked himself into Turn 1 and clattered into front-row starter De Pasquale.
Jamie Whincup inherited the lead and took control of the race, which was run in damp light rain conditions. While the likes of Whincup, Heimgartner and McLaughlin elected to run wets, others such as Cameron Waters and Mark Winterbottom gambled on a drying track and stayed on slicks. As Whincup extended his lead from the first lap, those on slicks dropped back by more than 10 seconds per lap.
The track did eventually get a dry line, but were close to a lap down with no chance of chasing down the leaders. Whincup won the race from Andre Heimgartner and David Reynolds. Brodie Kostecki drove the Boost Mobile Kostecki Brothers Commodore to an excellent 8th place, just ahead of Chaz Mostert who had driven from last to 9th over the 20 lap journey.
The 2019 Penrite Oil Sandown 500 gets underway at 1.25pm local time.
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