Paul Dumbrell has cruised to an easy win in today’s co-driver only sprint race at the Sandown 500 to ensure that Jamie Whincup starts from pole position for today’s closing sprint race that will determine the final grid for the Sandown 500.
Starting from the pole position earned by Whincup in the day’s earlier qualifying session, Dumbrell led for all but the opening lap-and-a-half of the twenty-lap race after being outdragged by fellow front-row starter Dale Wood off the starting line.
But Dumbrell quickly returned serve, passing the Dick Johnson Racing Ford co-driver on the second lap of the race before easing away to claim victory by over four seconds, twice having to build out a lead after the middle of the race was interrupted by a safety car.
Second place would go to Will Davison’s co-driver Steve Owen, who carved his way up through the field from sixth place on the grid, thanks in no part to lightning getaway that saw him gain three places before the first turn.
Wood would finish third, leading a freight train of co-drivers including Nick Percat, Warren Luff, Dean Canto, Steven Richards, Jack Perkins and Andrew Thompson.
The co-driver-only race is – at least in the eyes of the team managers and main drivers – meant to be a sedate affair in order for the cars to be returned undamaged to the lead drivers for the day’s second sprint race, but evidently a few of the co-drivers either hadn’t read – or chose to ignore – that memo.
Paul Morris – a driver well-known for some very rough driving during his full-time career – was not surprisingly in the thick of it once again, scoring a spectacular own-goal when he collected Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport teammate Matt Halliday on the opening lap, pitching the Kiwi driver into a spin.
Ashley Walsh and John McIntyre also had a coming together a few moments later, leading to Walsh’s DJR Falcon suffering a spectacular bonnet failure when the safety car – which had been called out to help retrieve the stranded TEKNO Holden of Jeroen Bleekemolen – pulled back into the pits.
Ryan Briscoe was another driver to find himself in the wars. The IndyCar racewinner was turned around by Chris Pither after he tried to squeeze the BJR Holden at Turn 10. Jonny Reid retired his D’Alberto Holden with a throttle failure.
Craig Baird was another driver who had a good result go begging, as the Erebus Motorsport team’s luck was again tested. The New Zealand sports car ace would have finished eleventh, but suffered a deflated tyre and spun out after making contact with Andrew Jones’ BJR Holden.
2013 V8 Supercars Sandown 500 – Sprint Race 1 Final Classification (20 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Paul Dumbrell||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||24:44.7060|
|2.||Steve Owen||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 3.6182|
|3.||Dale Wood||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 4.9288|
|4.||Nick Percat||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 5.4450|
|5.||Warren Luff||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 6.5648|
|6.||Dean Canto||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 6.9151|
|7.||Steve Richards||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 7.2491|
|8.||Jack Perkins||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 7.6852|
|9.||Andrew Thompson||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 8.1544|
|10.||Greg Murphy||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 8.6137|
|11.||Luke Youlden||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 13.5612|
|12.||Steven Johnson||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 15.6692|
|13.||Greg Ritter||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 15.9561|
|14.||Andrew Jones||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 16.3965|
|15.||David Russell||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 16.5896|
|16.||Chris Pither||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 16.7468|
|17.||Taz Douglas||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 17.1545|
|18.||Matthew Halliday||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 20.0973|
|19.||Daniel Gaunt||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 20.8598|
|20.||Marc Lieb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 22.4561|
|21.||Karl Reindler||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 22.8108|
|22.||John McIntyre||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 43.5846|
|23.||Ryan Briscoe||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 1:08.6170|
|DNF.||Craig Baird||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||19 laps|
|DNF.||Ashley Walsh||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||13 laps|
|DNF.||Jeroen Bleekemolen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||10 laps|
|DNF.||Jonny Reid||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||7 laps|
|DNF.||Paul Morris||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||0 laps|