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Wilson Security Sandown 500
Sandown 500
Venue Sandown International Raceway
Sandown Raceway
Sandown Raceway
Race Format
Race 1
   - Laps 161
   - Distance 500 km
Last Race (2014)
Winning Driver Jamie Whincup
Paul Dumbrell
Winning Team Triple Eight Race Engineering
Winning Manufacturer Holden

The Sandown 500 is an endurance motor race which has been staged at the Sandown Raceway, near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia since 1964. It has usually been held in September, the month before Australia’s premier endurance race, the Bathurst 1000. The actual race name, race distance and race category have varied considerably during its history. The “500” was not run in years 1966 to 1967, 1999 to 2002 and 2008 to 2011.


Production car era (1964 to 1972)[edit]

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, the first of six wins for Moffat. Colin Bond drove a Holden Torana to victory in 1971 and John Goss won the last Series Production 500 in 1972 in a Ford Falcon GTHO.

Group C Touring Car era (1973 to 1984)[edit]

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

"Group A" Touring Car era (1985 to 1992)[edit]

Group C was replaced by Australian regulations based on International Group A Touring Car rules in 1985. Jim Richards and Tony Longhurst won the first Group A race for driving a BMW 635 CSi, before George Fury scored a pair of victories in turbocharged Nissan Skylines with Glenn Seton in 1986 and Terry Shiel in 1987. The 1986 race was the first time a turbo powered car had won the Sandown enduro. Moffat claimed his sixth and final victory in 1988 in a Ford Sierra RS500 with former Grand Prix motorcyclist Gregg Hansford (the race would also prove to be Moffat's final race win in Australia). Nissan won again in 1989 with Jim Richards and Mark Skaife, before Seton and Fury took repeated their 1986 success with a win in Seton's Ford Sierra in 1990. The team of Mark Gibbs and Rohan Onslow driving a privateer Nissan GT-R had the biggest win of their careers in 1991. A slim entry of Group A cars in 1991 saw race organizers bring production cars back to the race as additional entries running in their own class, as they would in 1992, 1993 and 1994. A class for cars complying with the 1993 Group 3A 5.0 Litre Touring Car regulations, later to become known as 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 to 1998)[edit]

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 to 2002)[edit]

The second hiatus in the history of the race commenced in 1999 when a Queensland government supported bid saw the Sandown 500 replaced on the V8 Supercar calendar by the Queensland 500, held at Queensland Raceway. The Sandown 500 was revived in 2001, returning to its roots as a race for production cars. With regulations linked to those of the Australian Nations Cup Championship, (a championship for GT style cars), and the Australian GT Production Car Championship, the race featured a more exotic variety of cars than it had traditionally attracted. John Bowe took his third win in 2001 in a Ferrari and a Lamborghini driven by multiple Australian Drivers' Champion Paul Stokell won in 2002.

V8 Supercar era (2003 to 2007, 2012 to present)[edit]

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.

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 switched to the regular V8 Supercar Championship sprint-race format of two or three sprint races between 120–180 km each.[1]

The Sandown 500 returned to the calendar in 2012, replacing the Phillip Island 500K as the traditional lead-in race to the Bathurst 1000.

Past winners[edit]

Event Driver(s) Car Laps
Elapsed time
Race average speed
1964 Sandown 6 Hour International Australia Ralph Sach
Italy Roberto Bussinello
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Ti 230 laps
1965 International 6 Hour Touring Car Race Australia Frank Gardner
Australia Kevin Bartlett
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Ti 231 laps
1966-1967 Not held
1968 Datsun 3 Hour Trophy Australia Tony Roberts
Australia Bob Watson
Holden HK Monaro GTS327 116 laps
1969 Datsun Three Hour Canada Allan Moffat
Australia John French
Ford XW Falcon GTHO 118 laps
1970 Sandown Three Hour 250 Canada Allan Moffat Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II 130 laps
1971 Sandown 250 Australia Colin Bond Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 130 laps
1972 Sandown 250 Australia John Goss Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III 130 laps
1973 Sandown 250 Australia Peter Brock Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 130 laps
1974 Sandown 250 Canada Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT 130 laps
1975 Sandown 250 Australia Peter Brock Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 130 laps
1976 Hang Ten 400 Australia Peter Brock Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 130 laps
1977 Hang Ten 400 Australia Peter Brock Holden LX Torana SS A9X 129 laps
1978 Hang Ten 400 Australia Peter Brock Holden LX Torana SS A9X 129 laps
1979 Hang Ten 400 Australia Peter Brock Holden LX Torana SS A9X 129 laps
1980 Hang Ten 400 Australia Peter Brock Holden VC Commodore 109** laps
1981 Hang Ten 400 Australia Peter Brock Holden VC Commodore 119** laps
1982 Castrol 400 Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 109** laps
1983 Castrol 400 Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 129 laps
1984 Castrol 500 Australia Peter Brock
Australia Larry Perkins
Holden VK Commodore 129 laps
1985 Castrol 500 New Zealand Jim Richards
Australia Tony Longhurst
BMW 635CSi 129 laps
1986 Castrol 500 Australia George Fury
Australia Glenn Seton
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 129 laps
1987 Castrol 500 Australia George Fury
Australia Terry Shiel
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 129 laps
1988 Enzed 500 Canada Allan Moffat
Australia Gregg Hansford
Ford Sierra RS500 129 laps
1989 .05 - 500 New Zealand Jim Richards
Australia Mark Skaife
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 161 laps
1990 Sandown 500 Australia George Fury
Australia Glenn Seton
Ford Sierra RS500 161 laps
1991 Don't Drink Drive Sandown 500 Australia Mark Gibbs
Australia Rohan Onslow
Nissan Skyline GT-R R3 161 laps
1992 Don't Drink Drive Sandown 500 Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Steve Harrington
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 136 laps**
1993 Sandown 500 Australia Geoff Brabham
Australia David Parsons
Ford EB Falcon 161 laps
1994 Sandown 500 Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Ford EB Falcon 161 laps
1995 Sandown 500 Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Ford EF Falcon 161 laps
1996 Tickford 500 Australia Craig Lowndes
New Zealand Greg Murphy
Holden VR Commodore 161 laps
1997 Tickford 500 New Zealand Greg Murphy
Australia Craig Lowndes
Holden VS Commodore 157 laps**
3h 45m 22.3508s
129.7393 km/h
80.6160 mph
1998 Tickford 500 Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Russell Ingall
Holden VT Commodore 147 laps**
3h 45m 09.5507s
121.5908 km/h
75.5530 mph
1999–2000 Not held
2001 Clarion Sandown 500 Australia John Bowe
United Kingdom Tom Waring
Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge 161 laps
3h 39m 05.2739s
136.8612 km/h
85.0420 mph
2002 Sandown 500 Australia Paul Stokell
Australia Anthony Tratt
Lamborghini Diablo GTR 161 laps
3h 35m 12.3288s
139.3303 km/h
86.5760 mph
2003 Betta Electrical Sandown 500 Australia Mark Skaife
Australia Todd Kelly
Holden VY Commodore 141 laps**
3h 26m 50.4750s
126.9565 km/h
78.8870 mph
2004 Betta Electrical 500 Australia Marcos Ambrose
Australia Greg Ritter
Ford BA Falcon 160 laps**
3h 41m 03.1307s
134.8026 km/h
83.7620 mph
2005 Betta Electrical 500 Australia Craig Lowndes
France Yvan Muller
Ford BA Falcon 161 laps
3h 30m 51.8944s
142.1983 km/h
88.3580 mph
2006 Betta Electrical 500 Australia Jason Bright
Australia Mark Winterbottom
Ford BA Falcon 161 laps
3h 22m 16.2954s
148.2395 km/h
92.1120 mph
2007 Just Car Insurance 500 Australia Craig Lowndes
Australia Jamie Whincup
Ford BF Falcon 161 laps
3h 23m 16.5157s
147.5076 km/h
91.6570 mph
2008–2011 Not held
2012 Dick Smith Sandown 500 Australia Craig Lowndes
Australia Warren Luff
Holden VE Commodore 161 laps
3h 19m 14.8927s
150.4889 km/h
93.5090 mph
2013 Wilson Security Sandown 500 Australia Jamie Whincup
Australia Paul Dumbrell
Holden VF Commodore 161 laps
3h 22m 54.6204s
147.7729 km/h
91.8218 mph
2014 Wilson Security Sandown 500 Australia Jamie Whincup
Australia Paul Dumbrell
Holden VF Commodore 161 laps
3h 22m 44.3084s
147.8981 km/h
91.8996 mph

* 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.
** Race was stopped before full race distance

[2] [3] [4]

Multiple race winners[edit]

Wins Driver
9 Peter Brock
6 Allan Moffat
5 Craig Lowndes
3 George Fury
Larry Perkins
John Bowe
Jamie Whincup
2 Jim Richards
Glenn Seton
Dick Johnson
Mark Skaife
Greg Murphy
Paul Dumbrell

Number of victories by vehicle brand[edit]

Wins Manufacturer
19 Holden
13 Ford
4 Nissan
2 Alfa Romeo


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Betta Electrical Sandown 500 History". Retrieved 2006-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Sandown International Motor Raceway:The History of Sandown". Retrieved 2006-10-30. 
  4. ^ Official Programme, International 6 Hour Touring Car Race, Sunday, November 21, 1965

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