Waters and Stanaway claim Sandown 500

From ESPN - September 17, 2017

Cam Waters has claimed a first Supercars victory, denying series leader Scott McLaughlin to win the Sandown 500 with teammate Richie Stanaway in a Ford lockout.

The Prodrive Racing pair were outsiders coming into the Melbourne race but showed their speed to win pole position on Saturday.

On Sunday, they showed their grit to withstand challenges from all-comers.

McLaughlin and Alex Premat's No.17 Falcon came closest, but could not eat into the No.6 car's lead as the laps ticked down.

The two Red Bull Holdens, led by Jamie Whincup and Shane Van Gisbergen, both suffered tyre blow-outs to end their podium hopes.

Chaz Mostert rounded out the podium after recovering from a five-second penalty incurred by co-driver Steve Owen.

While McLaughlin would cheer a strengthening of his series lead, it was Waters who celebrated hardest - treating the Sandown crowd to burnouts for the win.

"I do not know what to say, I am so pumped," he said.

"I did not think I could hold (McLaughlin) off but we managed to keep the gap. It's awesome."

Stanaway said the win, on just his second visit to Sandown, was unbelievable.

"I ca not thank the team enough. They gave us an amazing car this weekend ... we will really enjoy this result," he said.

The young pair's breakthrough win emphatically ended a Ford enduro drought.


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