Prodrive Racing (Australia)’s youngest enduro pairing packed the biggest punch on Sunday, as Monster Energy drivers Cam Waters and Richie Stanaway won the Sandown 500 from the pole position. The duo held off a late charge by Car 17 driver Scott McLaughlin as Waters drove the final 70 laps to secure the young pair’s first Supercars race victory, and Prodrive Racing’s third win of 2017. Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen (#55 Supercheap Auto FG X) raced in the top five for a majority of the afternoon, and consistent pace landed the pair on the third step of the podium at day’s end. Mark Winterbottom and Dean Canto (#5 The Bottle-O FG X) recovered from a first lap spin to finish 10th, while a drive-through penalty for Jason Bright and Garry Jacobson relegated the MEGA Fuels duo to a 17th place finish.
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“Definitely a career highlight for me. It still hasn’t quite sunk in that we got the win. We said to each other on Wednesday that if we’d pole and win that we would have thought we were kidding ourselves, so I think neither of us can really believe it at the moment, but it’s a huge credit to our team that have been pushing really hard to increase the performance of our cars, and what we’ve rolled out this week has obviously been very competitive. Cam did an amazing job holding off Scotty there. Great result for us.”
“That’s probably one of the most pressured battles I’ve ever been in, and one of the career highlights. That last stint was pretty full on, and the lapped traffic kind of worked against me, and then it worked for me. We were trying to look after the tires a bit. Scotty was catching me, and I think probably gave up a little bit, so I just tried to manage the gap, and I knew he was going to come at me pretty hard at the end, so (he) had a crack, and I managed to hold him off.”
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
“Brilliant. Cam and Richie impressed everybody with the way they drove yesterday, but to back it up with today is just outstanding. Credit to Chaz and Steve as well to get on the podium, and good to see Frosty and Dean bounce back from tough luck to finish in the ten. The team have been working extremely hard this year, and this is just the result we need going into Bathurst. Good day.”