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Good as gold

Twenty-year old rookie James Golding was out cutting laps in his Dunlop Series car yesterday despite his huge lap one crash at Sunday’s Wilson Security Sandown 500.

While the team assessed the Volvo S60 at the workshop and expects to repair it, the drivers conducted a ride day at Sandown with team director Barry Rogers, son of owner Garry, saying Golding had no issues despite the big impact.

“He’s good as gold, he’s a little bit sore in the groin mainly. It was unfortunate,” Rogers said.

“I rang his dad and spoke to him and said ‘if you don’t feel like you’re right’ don’t feel as though [you have to drive].”

The team is now awaiting final sign off from Supercars’ technical team today to repair the chassis and has a spare waiting in the wings, but Rogers says the damage wasn’t quite as bad as it looked. 

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Get to know: Garth Tander

Sunday’s race win at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 broke a drought that stretched back to 2014 for Garth Tander.

A renowned hard racer on-track, the Holden Racing Team driver and 2007 champion sat down with Supercars.com to give an insight to his personality off-track ahead of tonight’s Inside Supercars appearance. 

SC: The last concert or sporting event you attended?

GT: Concert, I can’t even remember, it’s too long ago.

Sporting event, other than a V8 Supercar race, the footy halfway through the year. It was a Melbourne game – my cousin is the president of the Melbourne Football Club.

Are you going to any of the finals games?

No, not going to any of the finals games because the Eagles are out, so therefore it’s not worth going.

Do you have a signature dish in the kitchen?

I do have a signature dish, it’s spaghetti bolognese.

What’s on your bucket list?

Nothing massive on the...

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Matt Chahda excluded

After causing a huge multi-car crash on the opening lap of Supercars Dunlop Series race two at Sandown, Matt Chahda has been excluded from the round.

He will also cop a five grid spot penalty at his next race as part of the punishment for reckless driving.

Click here for the full stewards’ report.

The incident was huge, with Chahda and Bryce Fullwood’s cars flying at turn one. A number of cars were caught up in the accident including then championship leader Jack Le Brocq, who is now second to teammate Garry Jacobson in the standings.

Le Brocq was predictably scathing about the accident saying the 22-year old Chahda should “sit down and look at whether he wants to continue racing” after the costly collision.

2004 champion Andrew Jones was also unimpressed.

“There is a lot of damage and thankfully no one was injured but it was stupid,” he said. “It was unnecessary and I think Matt...

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Winterbottom: Championship all but gone

Mark Winterbottom’s title chances took a major blow at the Wilson Security Sandown 500, which the defending Supercars champ had flagged as a make or break weekend. 

With 300 points on the line, he and Dean Canto finished the horror day 23rd, meaning Winterbottom drops to fifth in the points and trails new leader Shane van Gisbergen by 346 with four rounds left in 2016. 

The event got off to a bad start Saturday with Canto handed a drive-through penalty after an incident in his co-driver qualifying race. Canto’s car was later given a post-race pit lane penalty for removing wheels on the grid, meaning they would start from 24th.

The team took a big risk early leaving co-driver Dean Canto out on slick tyres during the wet parts of the race – he almost made it home, crashing on lap 55, right before Winterbottom’s stint.

“The Championship – we may as well peel it off,” Winterbottom said...

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Whincup rues costly mistakes

Deposed Virgin Australia Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup says more mistakes will kill off his hopes of winning the 2016 drivers’ title.

The six-time champ was left scratching his head after finishing 13th with Paul Dumbrell in the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

Combine that with Shane van Gisbergen and Alex Premat’s second place in the sister Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore BF and Whincup now trails his team-mate by seven points in the championship chase.

It is the first time Whincup has been knocked off the top of the driver’s championship leaderboard since Winton.

“It’s disappointing,” the six-time champion said. “We have ground it out for months to get a lead and it all dwindles away on one day.

“We know that’s what the endurance races are all about; consistency. We weren’t consistent yesterday.

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Race suspended after Golding crash

The Wilson Security Sandown 500 has been suspended after a huge crash by young rookie James Golding on the opening lap.

The Volvo co-driver started the race from fourth on the grid and appeared to have a right front puncture. The Volvo slammed into the fence at approximately 145km/hour and the young racer walked away from the accident.

It appeared damage on Jack Perkins’ Holden Racing Team Commodore tapped the front of the Volvo.

Golding is back in the GRM garage and says he was "just trying to stay alive".

"I'm really lucky to still be here," Golding said on the coverage.

"It's really disappointing for the team...

"The front right tyre starting losing pressure on the back straight. As soon as I hit brakes it locked straight away. I was virtually a passenger from there … really disappointed, we’ll move on to Bathurst."

Golding was unsure of all the details of the incident. 

"It was...

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HRT strikes back at Sandown

The Holden Racing Team has taken its first win since the season opener with Garth Tander and Warren Luff taking the chequered flag at the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

The victory is Tander’s first since Townsville 2014 and will be a much-needed boost for the factory team.

The #2 Commodore pushed to the time certain finish with its front guard hanging off the car – though it was deemed safe by the Supercars technical department.

Red Bull Racing Australia’s Shane van Gisbergen pushed Tander to the end taking over half a second out of the HRT car’s lead.

The gap closed to 0.34 seconds – and Tander held on for his first career Sandown 500 win.

Team boss Ryan Walkinshaw was relieved after the HRT Commodore looked the goods throughout a weather-affected race.

“We can believe it – we just have to try and get it done again at Bathurst,” he said. 

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HRT will fight for results

Hitting back at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 shows Holden Racing Team has not given up, Garth Tander says.

The 2007 champ believes winning the major event with Warren Luff by just three-tenths of a second was a much-needed boost for the team, which has continued to push for results despite recently losing their factory support from Holden.

Today they beat the team that takes the ‘Holden Racing Team’ title from 2017 and Tander has his sights setting on doing it once again at Mount Panorama next month, when they suit up for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

“Obviously with the announcement a couple of weeks ago that Holden are relocating their funding, it’s just shown that the whole organisation hasn’t dropped its lip, its just got on with business,” Tander said.

“When we rolled the cars out on Friday – especially our car – the car was absolutely fantastic. It’s a real credit to...

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Stewards summary: Wilson Security Sandown 500

Stewards Summary Update #2: issued Sunday 18th September 2016 at 0845hrs.

Matters from Qualifying for Qualifying Race 2:

The IO conducted a post-race investigation into an incident involving contact between Car #3 Andre Heimgartner and Car #21 Tim Blanchard at Turn 9, and determined no breach of the rules had occurred.

The IO conducted a post-race investigation into an incident involving contact between Car #22, James Courtney, and Car #19, Scott Pye, and determined no breach of the rules had occurred.

Following an investigation and an admission by Garry Rogers Motorsport that Car #33 Scott McLaughlin failed to continue down Pit Lane to pit exit as required in the End of Race Procedures, the Stewards imposed a fine of $3,000 fully suspended until 31/12/16.

Following driving infringements, Car #97, Shane van Gisbergen, repositioned behind Car #66 Fabian Coulthard, and Car #66...

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Garth gives no clue

After scoring his best qualifying result for the year, Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander says he knows what he is doing next year – but he's not telling.

Right before news broke that teammate James Courtney is expected to stay with the squad that will become privateer outfit Walkinshaw Racing after Holden’s exit, off-contract Tander told media he was almost certain of his fate in 2017.

The 2007 Supercars Champion and co-driver Warren Luff have earned a second place start in today’s Wilson Security Sandown 500 and Tander will be pushing for his first victory since Townsville 2014.

The microscope has firmly been on Courtney in talks of the silly season – and Tander did his best to avoid discussions after yesterday’s qualifying.

“I know what I’m doing. I’ve got a fair idea,” he said.

“I’m not telling you, though.”

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Coulthard tops last run

Fabian Coulthard has bounced back from yesterday’s trouble to top the morning warm-up at Sandown.

The DJR Team Penske Falcon cleared Todd Kelly by 0.7042sec in the 20-minute final dash to prepare for the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

Set to start 11th on the grid today, Coulthard was pleased with the Falcon in the wet during the session.

Changeable conditions are forecast for today, with teams having to make a call this afternoon on car set up.

“It was actually relatively easy, I was happy with the car. We haven’t driven it a hell of a lot in the rain – if we have a car like that and it rains all day we’ll have a shot,” Coulthard said. 

“I think it’s going to be ok if it stays like this – I want it to be consistent throughout the day – I’d rather it rain and rain, or be dry and dry.”

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Legends unveil Pirtek Enduro Cup

Three of Australia’s greatest ever drivers have helped unveil the Pirtek Enduro Cup at the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

Allan Moffat, Larry Perkins and John Harvey were given a warm reception by fans as they posed for the trophy in the mounting yard in front of the grandstand.

Moffat’s son James will be driving in today’s race as will Larry’s son Jack.

 “It’s easy – I’m hoping my son beats his son!”  Perkins laughed, pointing at Moffat. “I’m hoping my son beats the rest of them,” Moffat responded.

There’s five Sandown wins between them – 10 Bathursts – but both are hoping to see the second generation break through today in changeable conditions.

James Moffat, with James Golding, starts fourth on the grid, having earned his best qualifying result in the Volvo yesterday.

Jack Perkins, co-driver for James Courtney, starts sixth – both strong positions for the 500km classic.


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Dunlop continues driving Supercars

Dunlop Tyres ANZ has continued its winning run with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, extending its role as the official control tyre supplier of Australia’s premier motorsport championship through to the end of the 2019 season.

Currently in its 15th year as the exclusive tyre supplier to both the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and the Dunlop Development Series, Dunlop will have supplied around 210,000 control tyres by the end of the 2016 season. With the new contract extension in place, this tyre supply is set to increase to around 250,000 by 2019’s end and mark an 18-year partnership with the Supercars.

“This is a really exciting win for Dunlop," said Lou Mandanici, Vice President Consumer PBU & Wholesale ANZ.

"We have a proud and well-established association with motorsport in Australia and our long standing partnership with the Virgin Supercars Championship,...

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Dumbrell hands Whincup P1 start

Paul Dumbrell has handed Jamie Whincup a start from P1 in the final ARMOR ALL Race for the Grid.

The star co-driver got the jump on Steve Owen in the Supercheap Auto Racing Falcon and built his lead, which blew out to seven seconds by the end of the 20-lap race.

There was a collision at the treacherous turn one and it was defending champion Mark Winterbottom’s co-driver Dean Canto who was punished with a drive-through penalty, after contact knocked Tony D’Alberto (with Scott Pye) and Steven Richards (with Craig Lowndes) off the track.

Richards leaves Championship contender Craig Lowndes to start 18th in the next sprint, while Mark Winterbottom will be 25th.

Owen held down second easily but a late battle built for third with Warren Luff (Garth Tander) putting pressure on Luke Youlden (Fabian Coulthard), and finally taking the spot on lap 19 of 20.  

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Frosty keeps cool despite setback

A good result at Sandown is crucial for Mark Winterbottom’s championship defence and now the #1 racer will need to push through from the back of the grid.

Winterbottom’s co-driver Dean Canto was slapped with a drive-through penalty after an incident with Tony D’Alberto (Scott Pye) and Steven Richards (sharing with other title fighter Craig Lowndes) at turn one on lap one.

While Frosty was surprised with the punishment, he kept his cool watching the 60km race from the garage. He’ll start 24th for the race to determine ARMOR ALL Pole Position while arch-rival Jamie Whincup lines up first after his co-driver Paul Dumbrell’s victory.

“He got a good start – looks like he got hit in the back to be honest,” Winterbottom said on the coverage.

“We should’ve put him up the front [with] clearer traffic – the start he did was pretty good.

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Super Black excluded

Chris Pither will start his qualifying race from 26th after the team was excluded from the co-driver qualifying race.

The Super Black team’s tyres were below the minimum tyre pressure of 17psi.

Kiwi racer Richie Stanaway finished the race 17th in the Prodrive Ford Falcon FG X before the penalty was applied.

Team manager Greg Hahn was unsure how the error was made.

“We haven’t gotten to the bottom of how it’s happened, but we’ve exceeded the minimum pressures – pretty disappointing,” he told supercars.com.

“[Could be] part of the problems we’ve had in terms of setup. We’re still not quite sure how it’s happened at this stage, but it may be a faulty tyre gauge or something we had out on the circuit.”

While it was tough to accept the exclusion, Hahn was impressed with Stanaway’s performance in what was his first Virgin Australia Supercars Championship race.

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Whincup and Dumbrell secure pole

Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell’s Red Bull Racing Australia Commodore will start from ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the third consecutive year at the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

Dumbrell made the critical move in the co-drivers’ qualifying race, taking P1 from the Supercheap Auto Falcon, and then Whincup made it stick with a stunning start, building a 1.2807sec lead over Garth Tander.

But a win from pole position is rare, with Whincup/Dumbrell one of just two pairings that have won the Sandown 500 from pole position in the last 29 races – they were in 2014, as well as Craig Lowndes/Greg Murphy in 1996.

Tander/Warren Luff will start alongside on the front row, with Volvo locking out the second row, with Scott McLaughlin/David Wall and James Moffat/James Golding starting third and fourth. 

The primary drivers’ race was only marginally tamer than the co-drivers 60kms.

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Coulthard fuming after SVG clash

Run-ins with Shane van Gisbergen and Will Davison have left DJR Team Penske driver Fabian Coulthard disappointed after a promising start to the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

He will start the race from 11th after a tough qualifying race that saw him knocked off the track by Van Gisbergen when fighting for fourth position.

Van Gisbergen redressed and Coulthard had an awkward moment with Davison before taking the chequered flag. 

The DJR Team Penske Kiwi wouldn’t speak to the TV cameras after the qualifying race, visibly angry after the race turned sour and left him and co-driver Luke Youlden to start outside the top 10 after early speed.

“The coming together with Van Gisbergen really cost us,” Coulthard sad.

“I made some progress but I then had to give back the spots to Davison which cost another three places. I was carrying a lot of dirt and mud on the car after the off at Dandenong...

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Mostert’s rain dance

Chaz Mostert is considering doing a rain dance in hopes of a wet race for tomorrow’s Wilson Security Sandown 500.

The young gun is chasing his first 2016 Supercars race win and despite qualifying fastest and putting himself and his co-driver in a strong position for the unique race-to-qualify format, he will start from fifth tomorrow.

Mostert lined up alongside eventual pole man Jamie Whincup for the 60km sprint, but had a shocker start that saw the Supercheap Auto racer fall back through the field.

He avoided the opening lap carnage and with Steve Owen – the man who won with Mark Winterbottom at the circuit last year – will push for victory in what is now traditionally the Bathurst warm-up race.

Mostert scored Owen a P1 start for the co-driver race and he performed solidly, dropping one spot off the line to Paul Dumbrell, who pairs with Jamie Whincup.

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Davison going for glory

Will Davison has conceded a shot at the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is now beyond him.

However, the Tekno Autosports Darrell Lea Stix Holden Commodore VF driver has set his sights on a starring role in the Pirtek Enduro Cup with co-driver and team owner Jonathon Webb.

“Obviously the championship is now out of reach but I still have a goal of where I would like to finish,” Davison told supercars.com.

“There is still an opportunity to move up in the championship.”

Entering this weekend’s Wilson Security Sandown 500 Davison is sixth in the drivers’ championship, 555 points behind leader Jamie Whincup.

“We would like to be closer to the leader now but we are not and that’s just because we haven’t performed,” Davison said.

“That takes the pressure off a little bit and we will just take it one enduro at a time and we will try and go for glory.

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