Spectacular Sandown to welcome Supercars Supersprint

Thursday 18 August, 2022
Photos: Edge Photographics
The Repco Supercars Championship continues its 2022 season this weekend with Sandown International Raceway to host the Penrite Oil Sandown Supersprint. 
  
The Victorian circuit has long been a favourite amongst teams, drivers and fans alike with the track having been home to some entertaining moments in recent times.  
  
Last year, the main story to headline the weekend was the return of a single-driver championship round for the first time in 10 years, and that format has been replicated again this year, with drivers to enjoy three races across Saturday and Sunday.  
  
Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen has been enjoying a stellar season in 2022, but the Kiwi has a mixed relationship with the circuit having experienced multiple wins, podiums, low finishes and retirements. 
  
Last year though, van Gisbergen picked up three wins from three races in of the most spectacular performances in Supercars history - the 33-year-old clean sweeping the wet weekend despite having a collarbone injury, albeit with medical clearance to compete. 
  
Enjoying career-best form at the moment, there is no doubt he’ll again be towards the top fighting for race wins – especially with a typical Melbourne winter weekend of wet and windy conditions forecast. 

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The wet weather means teams may not get the chance to bring out Dunlop’s new Super Soft tyres, with the 2021 version of the super soft being used this weekend – a slightly harder compound than the 2022 version introduced earlier this year.
  
Also making a Sandown Supercars debut this weekend is Broc Feeney, who has had an impressive start to his career. 
 
However, the youngster is no stranger to success at this circuit, having been crowned as the Kumho Tyre Super3 Series champion there in 2019 – three podiums securing the series over Jayden Ojeda in thrilling fashion. 
  
Feeney won’t be the only driver looking forward to his official return to Sandown, with veteran Lee Holdsworth to celebrate his 500th start in the main game on Saturday. 
  
Holdsworth hasn’t had the best of seasons in his return to Supercars, however the Victorian will head into this weekend full of confidence after his last outing at his home circuit in 2019 eventuated in a podium. 
  
That podium was achieved alongside Thomas Randle, who will technically make his solo debut at the circuit this weekend. 
  
Like most Supersprint formats in 2022, competitors will have one race on Saturday afternoon before two more races on Sunday.   
  
Fans can purchase tickets to the event here, while those who can’t make it can watch via Fox Sports and Kayo all day on Saturday and Sunday. Seven will also be showing highlights on Sunday and Monday. 
  
The Penrite Oil Sandown Supersprint takes place at Sandown International Raceway on 19-21 August.

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Championship Top 10

1. Shane van Gisbergen – 2091 points
2. Anton De Pasquale - 1737
3. Cameron Waters - 1711
4. Will Davison - 1657
5. Chaz Mostert - 1480
6. Broc Feeney - 1389
7. David Reynolds - 1354
8. Andre Heimgartner - 1210
9. Brodie Kostecki - 1193 
10. Tim Slade – 1145

Schedule

Friday 19 August
1:10pm - 1:45pm: Practice 1
3:20pm- 3:50pm: Practice 2 (additional drivers only) 

Saturday 20 August
10:20am – 10:50am: Practice 3
12:50 - 1:45pm Armor All Qualifying Race 24
4:45pm – 5:45pm: Race 24

Sunday 21 August
10:55am – 11:05am: Armor All Qualifying Race 25
11:10am – 11:20am: Armor All Qualifying Race 26
1:05pm - 2:05pm: Race 25
4:20pm - 5:20pm: Race 26
*All times are AEST.

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Supercars Entry List

Walkinshaw Andretti United
#2 Holden Commodore ZB - Nick Percat 
#25 Holden Commodore ZB - Chaz Mostert 

Tim Blanchard Racing
#3 Ford Mustang - Tim Slade 
 
Brad Jones Racing
#4 Holden Commodore ZB - Jack Smith 
#8 Holden Commodore ZB - Andre Heimgartner
#14 Holden Commodore ZB - Bryce Fullwood 
#96 Holden Commodore ZB - Macauley Jones 
 
Tickford Racing
#5 Ford Mustang - James Courtney 
#6 Ford Mustang - Cameron Waters 
#55 Ford Mustang – Thomas Randle
#56 Ford Mustang - Jake Kostecki
 
Grove Racing
#10 Ford Mustang - Lee Holdsworth
#26 Ford Mustang - David Reynolds 
 
Erebus Motorsport
#9 Holden Commodore ZB - Will Brown 
#99 Holden Commodore ZB - Brodie Kostecki
 
Dick Johnson Racing
#11 Ford Mustang - Anton De Pasquale 
#17 Ford Mustang - Will Davison 
 
Team 18
#18 Holden Commodore ZB - Mark Winterbottom 
#20 Holden Commodore ZB - Scott Pye 
 
PremiAir Racing
#22 Holden Commodore ZB - Chris Pither
#31 Holden Commodore ZB - James Golding
 
Matt Stone Racing
#34 Holden Commodore ZB – Jack Le Brocq  
#35 Holden Commodore ZB – Todd Hazelwood 
 
Triple Eight Race Engineering
#88 Holden Commodore ZB - Broc Feeney 
#97 Holden Commodore ZB - Shane van Gisbergen
 
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