Frosty extends lead as disaster strikes Whincup

Winterbottom leads Pepsi Max teammate Mostert to a 1-2 finish

Mark Winterbottom took a crucial step towards his first V8 Supercars Championship at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 today, as Jamie Whincup's title hopes all but slipped away.

Winterbottom and co-driver Steve Owen took the checkered flag with teammates Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters completing a one-two finish for the Pepsi Max Fords.

"It's just awesome to finally get it done," said Winterbottom of his win in the first round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

"Last time the team and I won this race was in '06, and I was in the garage watching (Jason) Brighty, cheering him on. So it's a completely different feeling almost ten years later."

Winterbottom made it look easy in the late stages of the race, until a Safety Car period to clean up debris on track decimated his lead.

"It killed me. I had a seven or eight second lead, and was starting to think about what's for dinner. Then the safety car comes out and you're not hungry anymore!" said Winterbottom.

Whincup and Paul Dumbrell led for the majority of the race until a freak puncture caused by a discarded bolt in pit lane ended their hopes of a record breaking third consecutive Sandown 500 victory.

Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb rounded out the podium, a welcome reward after a lackluster year for the Tekno crew.

Podium

"Just being on the podium is awesome after the last few rounds we've had," said van Gisbergen.

"To be able to push the whole time, not battling and looking in the mirror the whole race is a pretty awesome feeling."

Winterbottom's Championship has now extended his lead over Mostert to 198 points, with Prodrive compatriot David Reynolds slipping into third place.

More than 61,000 fans attended Sandown with a packed grandstand cheering on the driver for Sunday's 500 km race.

V8 Supercars next hit the track at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from October 8-11.

MARK WINTERBOTTOM AUDIO QUOTES:

Winterbottom says feeling completely different ten years after first Sandown 500 win

Winterbottom thinking about dinner before Safety Car

Sunday Results

Pos Driver Entry / Team Started Laps Race Time
1 5 Mark Winterbottom and Steve Owen Pepsi Max Crew 2 161 3h 19:48.9230
2 6 Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters Pepsi Max Crew 3 161 3h 19:49.5820
3 97 Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb Team Darrell Lea STIX 4 161 3h 19:58.5800
4 2 Garth Tander and Warren Luff Holden Racing Team 12 161 3h 19:58.8500
5 55 David Reynolds and Dean Canto The Bottle-O Racing Team 5 161 3h 20:0.0400
6 47 Tim Slade and Tony D'Alberto Supercheap Auto Racing 6 161 3h 20:2.1060
7 18 Lee Holdsworth and Sebastian Bourdais Walkinshaw Performance 7 161 3h 20:5.9350
8 3 Tim Blanchard and Karl Reindler Team Cooldrive 15 161 3h 20:8.7990
9 22 Jack Perkins and Russell Ingall Holden Racing Team 24 161 3h 20:9.6810
10 15 Rick Kelly and David Russell Nissan Motorsport 14 161 3h 20:10.8610
11 23 Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore Nissan Motorsport 21 161 3h 20:14.3880
12 17 Scott Pye and Marcos Ambrose DJR Team Penske 11 161 3h 20:14.8050
13 888 Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards Red Bull Racing Australia 23 161 3h 20:15.3190
14 33 Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Premat Wilson Security Racing GRM 16 161 3h 20:15.9060
15 1 Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell Red Bull Racing Australia 1 161 3h 20:16.7110
16 14 Fabian Coulthard and Luke Youlden Freightliner Racing 9 161 3h 20:16.7210
17 111 Andre Heimgartner and Ant Pedersen Super Black Racing 25 161 3h 20:17.4940
18 99 James Moffat and Taz Douglas Nissan Motorsport 20 161 3h 20:20.6760
19 4 Ash Walsh and Jack Le Brocq Erebus Motorsport V8 19 161 3h 20:25.6480
20 21 Dale Wood and Macauley Jones GB Galvanizing Racing 13 161 3h 20:28.9670
21 34 David Wall and Chris Pither Wilson Security Racing GRM 18 160 3h 20:28.7620
22 8 Jason Bright and Andrew Jones Team BOC 17 160 3h 20:29.5700
23 9 Will Davison and Alex Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 8 154 3h 20:37.8560
24 7 Todd Kelly and Alex Buncombe Nissan Motorsport 22 147 3h 20:42.0050
DNF 222 Oliver Gavin Repair Management Aust Racing 10 18 53:32.4436

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