Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Broc Feeney and Jamie Whincup took victory in the Penrite Oil Sandown 500, the 250th win for the team 20 years since it joined Supercars.
Feeney held off championship leader Brodie Kostecki in the closing stages, with Shane van Gisbergen and Richie Stanaway recovering from 19th on the grid to finish third.
Feeney became the youngest ever Sandown 500 winner, while it was the sixth Sandown 500 win for Whincup.
Van Gisbergen claimed the final spot on the podium in the dying laps when Kostecki’s teammate Will Brown went wide.
Chevrolet Camaros filled the top five position in another tough race for Ford, with its leading drivers Cameron Waters, Chaz Mostert and David Reynolds undone by early-race damage incurred when their co-drivers were behind the wheel.
Reynolds didn’t get to turn a lap when Garth Tander crashed out after a wheel fell off, which then hit Waters’ car when James Moffat was behind the wheel, taking off the rear wing. Mostert’s car also suffered early damage with Lee Holdsworth at the wheel.
Mostert/Holdsworth were classified 19th and Waters/Moffat 21st, with Reynolds/Tander joining Cameron Hill/Jaylyn Robotham as the only retirements of the race.
Andre Heimgartner/Dale Wood completed the Camaro top five ahead of Matt Payne/Kevin Estre, Will Davison/Alex Davison, Anton De Pasquale/Tony D’Alberto, Tim Slade/Jonathon Webb and Craig Lowndes/Zane Goddard.
Kostecki will carry a 155-point lead over van Gisbergen to Bathurst, with Feeney 204 points back in third. Brown is now 294 points behind his teammate.
The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will continue at with the 60th anniversary running of the Repco Bathurst 1000 on October 5 to 8.