Fast Facts For The Sandown 500

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Fast Facts For The Sandown 500

This weekend the PIRTEK Enduro Cup rolls to life with the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

It's an event that's served as the traditional lead-in for next month's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The warm up, if you like.

With a few days before we go racing in Melbourne, our mates at have helped us run the numbers (and records) on what promises to be an unmissable weekend of Supercars racing.

1. Pole position doesn't mean much at Sandown.

Just two cars in the last 30 Sandown endurance races has gone on to win the race - Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy in 1996 and Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell in 2014.

2. Four for the score?

Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell are looking for their fourth straight pole position start at Sandown this year. Should/if they do it, they'll match Dick Johnson back in his Shell Sierra days from 1987-90.

3. Don't start too far back...

15th is the lowest grid position from which a Sandown 500 has been won. Dick Johnson and John Bowe did the hard yards from that very slot in 1994 in a Shell-FAI Ford Falcon EB.

4. Photo finish.

Last year Garth Tander put Shane van Gisbergen in the shade by just 0.3485-seconds. That was the second closest margin in the event's storied history.

5. Brocky's still King.

He didn't just rule Bathurst - Peter Brock also nabbed 9 wins at Sandown back in his day. The only current driver who comes close is his former team-mate Craig Lowndes who's collected the trophy 5 times (1996, 97, '05, '07 and 12).

6. Brighty Not Fading...

Championship start number 253 draws Jason Bright level with Russell Ingall for third on the all-time round starts list.

7. Safety first.

The most safety car periods in a Sandown 500 was in 2004 when there were 12. Since then we haven't seen much of it, with just two appearances in each of the last three years here.

8. Six hours.

We used to measure things not by kilometres (or miles), but time at Sandown. The event began as a "six hour" race in 1964 and this will be the 48th time an event's been held at the Melbourne track - more than any other venue.


Practice for the Wilson Security Sandown 500 starts at 11:15am (AEST) on Friday morning.


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