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Sandown 500

Wilson Security Sandown 500
Race Information
Venue Sandown Raceway
Number of times held 45
First held 1964
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 161
Distance 500 km
Last Event (2015)
Overall Winner
Mark Winterbottom
Steve Owen
Prodrive Racing Australia
Race Winners
Mark Winterbottom
Steve Owen
Prodrive Racing Australia

The Sandown 500 is an annual endurance motor race which has been staged at the Sandown Raceway, near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia since 1964. It has usually been held in September, the month before Australia’s premier endurance race, the Bathurst 1000.

The event's name, distance - and the category of cars competing in it - has varied widely throughout its history. Currently, the event is held as a championship event for V8 Supercars, and is formally known as the Wilson Security Sandown 500 for sponsorship reasons.


  • History 1
    • Production car era (1964-72) 1.1
    • Group C Touring Car era (1973-84) 1.2
    • Group A Touring Car era (1985-92) 1.3
    • Group 3A Touring Car era (1993-98) 1.4
    • Nations Cup era (2001-02) 1.5
    • V8 Supercars era (2003-07) 1.6
    • Australian Manufacturers' Championship (2011) 1.7
    • Return of V8 Supercars (2012-onwards) 1.8
  • List of winners 2
  • Multiple winners 3
    • By driver 3.1
    • By manufacturer 3.2
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Production car era (1964-72)

The first two races were open to production based sedans and, at six hours duration, were substantially longer than later iterations of the race. Both races were won by an Alfa Romeo Giulia entered by Alec Mildren Racing. In 1968, after a two-year hiatus, the event was revived as a three-hour race and took on a long time role as an unofficial “warm-up” event for the Bathurst 1000. In common with the Bathurst race, it utilized technical regulations which limited cars to near production specifications, unlike the Australian Touring Car Championship which was for more highly modified Group C Improved Production Touring Cars. Manufacturers took a stronger interest in the race in this period and the Ford works team led by Canadian driver Allan Moffat won the 1969 race in a Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase I, the first of six wins for Moffat. Colin Bond drove a Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 to victory in 1971 and John Goss won the last Series Production 500 in 1972 in a Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III.

Group C Touring Car era (1973-84)

The race was contested by the newly introduced Group C Touring Car category from 1973. During the Group C era, it was dominated by Peter Brock who won nine of the twelve races, six with the Holden Dealer Team. The other three races were won by Allan Moffat. The 1982 race was the first Sandown endurance race since 1965 to be won by a make other than a Ford or Holden, Moffat scoring the first of two consecutive wins in a Mazda RX-7. His 1982 victory came after he was disqualified, then re-instated after a pit lane infringement penalty was removed post-race. With the Sandown circuit being upgraded and lengthened from 3.1 km to 3.9 km in mid-1984, the race was increased from 400 km to 500 km. Peter Brock and Larry Perkins won the 1984 race in a Holden VK Commodore. It was Brock's record 9th and last win in the Sandown Enduro.

Group A Touring Car era (1985-92)

Group C was replaced by Australian regulations based on International V8 Supercars, was also included in the 1992 race. The 1992 Sandown 500 featured a memorable late race duel between Larry Perkins in his Group A Holden VL Commodore and Tony Longhurst in his BMW M3 in changeable weather, with Perkins holding on for his second Sandown win and the only win for his co-driver Steve Harrington.

Group 3A Touring Car era (1993-98)

The Group 3A 5.0 Litre Touring Cars regulations were adopted for the 500 in 1993 and Glenn Seton Racing's second entry, driven by of 1987 Bathurst 1000 winner David Parsons and multiple IMSA champion Geoff Brabham won a race of high attrition. 1994 saw Dick Johnson's breakthrough win in the one race he had not been able to win in almost 20 years. He and John Bowe backed it up with a second win in 1995. The Holden Racing Team then scored consecutive wins with Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy, including a memorable duel with Glenn Seton in 1997. Larry Perkins claimed his third win in 1998 with Russell Ingall before V8 Supercar, as it was now known, decided to look for other opportunities for their 500 km race.

Nations Cup era (2001-02)

The second hiatus in the history of the race commenced in 1999 when a Australian Drivers' Champion Paul Stokell won in 2002.

V8 Supercars era (2003-07)

By 2003, new owners of Queensland Raceway had tired of the relative expense of the 500 kilometre endurance race format, resulting in the Sandown 500 again being contested by V8 Supercars. By 2003, the 500 kilometre event was also now included as a points-paying event within each V8 Supercars season, the first time the Sandown 500 had been part of the V8 Supercars or Australian Touring Car Championship calendar.

The 2003 race, which featured a mid-race hail storm, was also notable for a late race battle between Mark Skaife and Jason Richards in wet conditions. On the penultimate lap, Richards attempted to pass Skaife for the lead at Turn 9, but ended up bogged in the gravel trap and out of the race. Skaife also toured the gravel trap but was able to rejoin the track and went on to win.[1] The 2004, 2005 and 2006 races saw the debut championship event wins in the category for Greg Ritter, Yvan Muller and Mark Winterbottom respectively. In 2007, Lowndes won the event for the fourth time, with Jamie Whincup. Lowndes and Whincup would go on to become the first pairing to win the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 in the same year since Lowndes and Murphy in 1996.

After a change of promoter of Sandown Raceway’s motorsport activities, a changed V8 Supercar calendar resulted in the 500 kilometre event moving to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the 2008 season, while Sandown reverted to hosting a sprint round, an event which became known as the Sandown Challenge.[2]

Australian Manufacturers' Championship (2011)

The Sandown 500 was revived in 2011 as a round of the Australian Manufacturers' Championship.[3] It was split into two legs, run on Saturday and Sunday, with the overall placings based on the combined results of the two legs. The semi-factory supported Mitsubishi entry of Stuart Kostera and Ian Tulloch claimed the win in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Return of V8 Supercars (2012-onwards)

The Sandown 500 returned to the calendar in 2012, replacing the Phillip Island 500K to again become the traditional lead-in race to the Bathurst 1000. The format used at the Phillip Island 500 from 2008 to 2012 was brought to Sandown, with two short races on Saturday used to set the grid. Each co-driver has to drive one of the two races. From 2013, the event became part of the newly-formed Pirtek Enduro Cup within the V8 Supercars season, along with the series' other two-driver races, the Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600.[4]

Triple Eight Race Engineering dominated on the return to the track, with wins from 2012 to 2014. 2015 saw Winterbottom win the Sandown 500 for a second time, having first tasted success in 2006, leading home a Prodrive Racing Australia one-two finish.

List of winners

Year Event Name Driver(s) Car Laps
Elapsed time
Race average speed
1964 Sandown 6 Hour International Ralph Sach
Roberto Bussinello
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Ti 230 laps N/A
1965 International 6 Hour Touring Car Race Frank Gardner
Kevin Bartlett
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Ti 231 laps

not held
1968 Datsun 3 Hour Trophy Tony Roberts
Bob Watson
Holden HK Monaro GTS327 116 laps N/A
1969 Datsun Three Hour Allan Moffat
John French
Ford XW Falcon GTHO 118 laps
1970 Sandown Three Hour 250 Allan Moffat Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 130 laps
1971 Sandown 250 Colin Bond Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 130 laps
1972 Sandown 250 John Goss Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III 130 laps
1973 Sandown 250 Peter Brock Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 130 laps
1974 Sandown 250 Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 130 laps
1975 Sandown 250 Peter Brock Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 130 laps
1976 Hang Ten 400 Peter Brock Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 130 laps
1977 Hang Ten 400 Peter Brock Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback 129 laps
1978 Hang Ten 400 Peter Brock Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback 129 laps
1979 Hang Ten 400 Peter Brock Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback 129 laps
1980 Hang Ten 400 Peter Brock Holden VC Commodore 109 laps
1981 Hang Ten 400 Peter Brock Holden VC Commodore 119 laps
1982 Castrol 400 Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 109 laps
1983 Castrol 400 Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 129 laps
1984 Castrol 500 Peter Brock
Larry Perkins
Holden VK Commodore 129 laps
1985 Castrol 500 Jim Richards
Tony Longhurst
BMW 635 CSi 129 laps
1986 Castrol 500 George Fury
Glenn Seton
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 129 laps
1987 Castrol 500 George Fury
Terry Shiel
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 129 laps
1988 Enzed 500 Allan Moffat
Gregg Hansford
Ford Sierra RS500 129 laps
1989 .05 500 Jim Richards
Mark Skaife
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 161 laps
1990 Sandown 500 Glenn Seton
George Fury
Ford Sierra RS500 161 laps
1991 Don't Drink Drive Sandown 500 Mark Gibbs
Rohan Onslow
Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 161 laps
1992 Don't Drink Drive Sandown 500 Larry Perkins
Steve Harrington
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 136 laps
1993 Sandown 500 Geoff Brabham
David Parsons
Ford EB Falcon 161 laps
1994 Sandown 500 Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Ford EB Falcon 161 laps
1995 Sandown 500 Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Ford EF Falcon 161 laps
1996 Tickford 500 Craig Lowndes
Greg Murphy
Holden VR Commodore 161 laps
1997 Tickford 500 Greg Murphy
Craig Lowndes
Holden VS Commodore 157 laps
3h 45m 22.3508s
129.7393 km/h
80.6160 mph
1998 Tickford 500 Larry Perkins
Russell Ingall
Holden VT Commodore 147 laps
3h 45m 09.5507s
121.5908 km/h
75.5530 mph

not held
2001 Clarion Sandown 500 John Bowe
Tom Waring
Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge 161 laps
3h 39m 05.2739s
136.8612 km/h
85.0420 mph
2002 Sandown 500 Paul Stokell
Anthony Tratt
Lamborghini Diablo GTR 161 laps
3h 35m 12.3288s
139.3303 km/h
86.5760 mph
2003 Betta Electrical Sandown 500 Mark Skaife
Todd Kelly
Holden VY Commodore 141 laps
3h 26m 50.4750s
126.9565 km/h
78.8870 mph
2004 Betta Electrical Sandown 500 Marcos Ambrose
Greg Ritter
Ford BA Falcon 160 laps
3h 41m 03.1307s
134.8026 km/h
83.7620 mph
2005 Betta Electrical 500 Craig Lowndes
Yvan Muller
Ford BA Falcon 161 laps
3h 30m 51.8944s
142.1983 km/h
88.3580 mph
2006 Betta Electrical 500 Jason Bright
Mark Winterbottom
Ford BA Falcon 161 laps
3h 22m 16.2954s
148.2395 km/h
92.1120 mph
2007 Just Car Insurance 500 Craig Lowndes
Jamie Whincup
Ford BF Falcon 161 laps
3h 23m 16.5157s
147.5076 km/h
91.6570 mph

not held
2011 Dial Before You Dig AMC 500 Stuart Kostera
Ian Tulloch
Mitsubishi Lancer RS-E Evolution X 133 laps
3h 33m 28.5658s
116.0314 km/h
72.0990 mph
2012 Dick Smith Sandown 500 Craig Lowndes
Warren Luff
Holden VE Commodore 161 laps
3h 19m 14.8927s
150.4889 km/h
93.5090 mph
2013 Wilson Security Sandown 500 Jamie Whincup
Paul Dumbrell
Holden VF Commodore 161 laps
3h 22m 54.6204s
147.7729 km/h
91.8218 mph
2014 Wilson Security Sandown 500 Jamie Whincup
Paul Dumbrell
Holden VF Commodore 161 laps
3h 22m 44.3084s
147.8981 km/h
91.8996 mph
2015 Wilson Security Sandown 500 Mark Winterbottom
Steve Owen
Ford FG X Falcon 161 laps
3h 19m 48.9226s
150.0617 km/h
93.2440 mph

[5] [6] [7]

  • ^1 – Race was stopped before full race distance.
  • ^2 – The .05 (pronounced "point-oh-five") in the event name for 1989 was part of a Government campaign targeting drink-driving; 0.05% is the legal blood alcohol content limit in Australia.

Multiple winners

By driver

Wins Driver Years
9 Peter Brock 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984
6 Allan Moffat 1969, 1970, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1988
5 Craig Lowndes 1996, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2012
3 George Fury 1986, 1987, 1990
Larry Perkins 1984, 1992, 1998
John Bowe 1994, 1995, 2001
Jamie Whincup 2007, 2013, 2014
2 Jim Richards 1985, 1989
Glenn Seton 1986, 1990
Dick Johnson 1994, 1995
Mark Skaife 1989, 2003
Greg Murphy 1996, 1997
Paul Dumbrell 2013, 2014
Mark Winterbottom 2006, 2015

By manufacturer

Wins Manufacturer
19 Holden
14 Ford
4 Nissan
2 Alfa Romeo

See also


  1. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years.  
  2. ^ "Big bang V8 Supercar farewell for grand old lady in 2008". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. 2007-10-06. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  3. ^ Return of the Sandown 500
  4. ^ "V8 Supercars Announces Prestigious Endurance Cup". 20 February 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Betta Electrical Sandown 500 History". Retrieved 2006-10-22. 
  6. ^ "Sandown International Motor Raceway:The History of Sandown". Retrieved 2006-10-30. 
  7. ^ Official Programme, International 6 Hour Touring Car Race, Sunday, November 21, 1965

External links

  • 2014 Wilson Security Sandown 500 Official event website
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