Warren Luff and Garth Tander celebrate after winning the Sandown 500.
Warren Luff and Garth Tander celebrate after winning the Sandown 500. Robert Cianflone

Tander breaks drought at Sandown

MOTORSPORT: Garth Tander claimed his first Supercars win since Townsville 2014, with victory at the Sandown 500 with co-driver Warren Luff.

It was also the Holden Racing Team's first triumph since the season opener and came as a perfect boost ahead of Bathurst next month.

Shane van Gisbergen pushed Tander all the way to finish second and take the Supercars Championship lead from Jamie Whincup by seven points after the drive with Alex Premat.

Whincup had a shocking day in the wet, finishing 13th, with reigning champion Mark Winterbottom also struggling to end up second last in 24th.

Team boss Ryan Walkinshaw was relieved after the HRT Commodore looked the goods throughout a weather-affected race.

"We just have to try and get it done again at Bathurst,” he said.

Van Gisbergen also had a good day as he gap closed to 0.34 seconds before Tander held on for his first career Sandown 500 win.

The TEKNO Commodore driven by Will Davison and Jonathon Webb came home third.

The wet weather caused problems earlier in the race after a crash involving rookie James Golding triggered an early red flag.

He was lucky to walk away from the accident when he crashed into the barriers head on at about 145kmh after the Volvo qualified fourth.

Winterbottom looked like he was moving through the field before he also ended up in the tyres triggering a safety car on lap 55.

SERIES LEADERS: 1. Shane van Gisbergen 2248; 2. Jamie Whincup 2241; 3. Craig Lowndes 2091; 4. Scott McLaughlin 1989; 5. Mark Winterbottom 1902



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