Sandown produces instant classic: Race 3 takeaways

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 21/03/2021
  • By James Pavey

By the penultimate lap of Race 3 in Sandown on Saturday, any one of four drivers could have won.

By race’s end, the chequered flag was met first by a driver many didn't expect to start the race at all.

Shane van Gisbergen stole victory from under the noses of Cameron Waters, Jamie Whincup and Chaz Mostert after starting 17th.

WATCH: RACE 3 RECAP

The win was the 43rd of van Gisbergen’s career, and fourth in a row dating back to last October’s Bathurst 1000.

It was also the lowest winning grid spot for a Sandown sprint victor since Norm Beechey in 1965.

Whincup scored a 223rd career podium, and first since Race 30 at The Bend last year.

It was Waters’ 21st career podium and second P2 finish in as many races.

Mostert clinched the five extra points for the fastest lap of the race, which was set on lap 10, two laps after the mandatory stop.

The Walkinshaw Andretti United driver earlier secured the 22nd pole position of his career, and first since Tailem Bend last year.

Mark Winterbottom also finished fourth for the sixth time in his Team 18 career, again falling short of a first podium since 2018.

Van Gisbergen wasn’t the only big mover, with Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat rising from 14th to seventh.

WATCH: RACE 3 HIGHLIGHTS

Will Davison was the biggest loser dropping 14 spots from a P8 start to 2nd following contact with Percat late in the race.

Kiwi Team Sydney veteran Fabian Coulthard, who finished 21st, went past compatriot Greg Murphy with his 443rd race start.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will tackle Race 4 ARMOR All Qualifying at the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint at 10:30am AEDT on Sunday. Tickets are on sale now.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo. Check out the full weekend schedule here.

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