Power rankings: Which driver ranked highest at Sandown?

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 25/03/2021
  • By Supercars.com

Shane van Gisbergen continued his march to a second drivers’ title with a Sandown clean sweep.

Several drivers made impressions at Sandown, but five drivers took home the trophies across the three races.

After every round in 2021, the Supercars.com team will assess every driver’s performance and then score them out of 10.

The five scores are then averaged out to produce a race score.

With an eye on the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint, Supercars.com has rounded up the key performers from the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint.

1) Shane van Gisbergen

Race 3: 1st
Race 4: 1st
Race 5: 1st
Score: 9.8

Van Gisbergen won all three races and claimed two pole positions, all with broken ribs and collarbone. His 17th in Race 3 qualifying was his only blip, but we all know how he recovered from there.

2) Jamie Whincup

Race 3: 3rd
Race 4: 3rd
Race 5: 4th
Score: 9.0

After a lacklustre Bathurst showing, the Whincup of old returned at Sandown with two podiums and a fourth across the three races. He also scored front row starts in qualifying, with the seven time champion rising to second in the standings.

3) Cameron Waters

Race 3: 2nd
Race 4: 2nd
Race 5: 6th
Score: 8.6

Waters again fell short of a race win, but was van Gisbergen’s closest challenger in Races 3 and 4. He managed to rise to fourth in the standings despite finishing sixth in the final race of the weekend, and was the man behind the Mustang's 100th podium.

4) Nick Percat

Race 3: 7th
Race 4: 6th
Race 5: 9th
Score: 8.2

Percat was a standout across all three races, with the Brad Jones Racing driver rising an incredible six spots from 14th to eighth in the standings.

=5) Andre Heimgartner

Race 3: 8th
Race 4: 5th
Race 5: 11th
Score: 7.6

Heimgartner was fingertips away from scoring a Race 4 podium, and was quick all weekend. While he didn’t get the silverware he wanted, the Kiwi scored strong finishes in Races 3 and 4, and retained his top 10 championship position.

=5) Chaz Mostert

Race 3: 6th
Race 4: 4th
Race 5: 24th
Score: 7.6

After scoring pole on Saturday, Mostert’s weekend went on a slightly downwards trajectory. However, he still left the weekend with the quickest qualifying and race laps, and battled at the front. He did, though, lose ground following a throttle issue in Race 5.

7) Brodie Kostecki

Race 3: 17th
Race 4: 13th
Race 5: 2nd
Score: 7.4

In just his 11th championship race start, Kostecki nearly won. The only driver standing in his way was the one who has done all the winning so far in 2021. It came after finishes of 17th and 13th following car troubles in Saturday practice.

=8) David Reynolds

Race 3: 11th
Race 4: 22nd
Race 5: 3rd
Score: 7.2

After finishes of 11th and 2nd, Reynolds marked his 350th race with one of the performances of the weekend to clinch his first podium since 2019.

=8) Mark Winterbottom

Race 3: 4th
Race 4: 11th
Race 5: 10th
Score: 7.2

Winterbottom was a force in Race 3, nearly charging into the lead from the second row. A frustrating Sunday saw him record finishes of 11th and 10th, but he did enough to retain his top five position in the championship.

10) Will Davison

Race 3: 22nd
Race 4: 10th
Race 5: 5th
Score: 7.0

Davison missed out on a top 10 on Saturday due to an incident with Percat, but returned on Sunday to record two top 10s. It could have been better had he not spun early in Race 5, with Davison recovering to finish fifth

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