Supercars 2021 Preview: Sandown Supersprint

Wednesday 17 March, 2021
Supercars last raced at Sandown in 2019.
Photo: Edge Photographics
Originally scheduled to run at the 2021 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, the decision to postpone the Australian round of the world championship to November meant the Sandown International Raceway would act as the replacement round.
 
There has been plenty of news in between February’s Repco Mount Panorama 500 and this weekend’s Penrite Oil Sandown Supersprint, but perhaps the most notable news is Shane van Gisbergen’s availability despite a recent injury.
 
Suffering a broken collarbone while mountain biking earlier this month, the 2016 champion has been in a race against time to get himself fit for the second meeting of the year, which sees three races over the course of the two-day event.
 
In welcome news for Victorian motorsport fans, up to 7000 spectators per day will be allowed into the circuit with the venue to be divided into four zones to accommodate Supercars’ approved COVIDSafe Event Plan.
 
Fans will be able to access the grandstand zone, two park & view zones, and the paddock zone, but strict rules apply to all four zones, including all spectators in the grandstand and park & view zones must remain seated at all times except when leaving for food and beverage. 
 
Fans will enjoy plenty of on track entertainment with the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia and VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship to headline the exciting support categories.
 
For those watching it from the comfort of home, Foxtel and its streaming partner Kayo will broadcast the full weekend, while the Seven Network will air highlights on each day.
 
The 2021 Penrite Oil Sandown Supersprint takes place at Sandown International Raceway on 20-21 March.
 

Schedule  

Saturday 20 March 
9:10-9:25am– Practice 1 
11:30am-12:00pm Practice 2 
1:45-2:25pm – Armor All Qualifying Race 3 
4:45-5:45pm – Race 3 
Fox Sports 506/Kayo: 9:00-6:00pm
Seven 8:30pm – 10:00pm (highlights only) 
 
Sunday 21 March 
10:30-10:40am – Armor All Qualifying Race 3
10:50-11:00am – Armor All Qualifying Race 3
1:30pm-2:30pm – Race 4
4:30pm-5:30pm – Race 5
Fox Sports 506/Kayo: 9:00-6:30pm
Seven 8:30pm – 10:00pm (highlights only)
 
(All times are marked as AEDT+11)
 

Support Categories  

Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia 
VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship 
Heritage Revival 
 

Championship Top 10

Shane van Gisbergen - 300
Chaz Mostert - 267 
Mark Winterbottom - 231
Will Davison - 225
Jamie Whincup - 198
Cameron Waters - 183
Bryce Fullwood - 177
David Reynolds - 156
Jack Le Brocq - 150
Andre Heimgartner - 145
 

The Grid 

#2 Holden Commodore ZB - Bryce Fullwood 
#3 Ford Mustang - Tim Slade 
#4 Holden Commodore ZB - Jack Smith 
#5 Ford Mustang - Jack Le Brocq 
#6 Ford Mustang - Cameron Waters 
#7 Ford Mustang - Andre Heimgartner 
#8 Holden Commodore ZB - Nick Percat 
#9 Holden Commodore ZB - Will Brown 
#11 Ford Mustang - Anton De Pasquale 
#14 Holden Commodore ZB - Todd Hazelwood 
#17 Ford Mustang - Will Davison 
#18 Holden Commodore ZB - Mark Winterbottom 
#19 Holden Commodore ZB – Fabian Coulthard 
#20 Holden Commodore ZB - Scott Pye 
#22 Holden Commodore ZB - Garry Jacobson 
#25 Holden Commodore ZB - Chaz Mostert 
#26 Ford Mustang - David Reynolds 
#34 Holden Commodore ZB – Jake Kostecki 
#35 Holden Commodore ZB – Zane Goddard 
#44 Ford Mustang – James Courtney 
#88 Holden Commodore ZB - Jamie Whincup 
#96 Holden Commodore ZB - Macauley Jones 
#97 Holden Commodore ZB - Shane van Gisbergen*
#99 Holden Commodore ZB - Brodie Kostecki
 
*May be withdrawn from event.
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