So, here it is! The Sandown 500 is merely hours away, and we’ve already enjoyed two days of great V8 Supercars action. You might have guessed if you follow us on Instagram that we can’t wait for the lights to go out on Sunday, even though it means waking up at 3am here in the UK! We’ve been looking forward to this moment for weeks, but in case you’re in doubt about A) getting up at 3am if you’re in the UK or B) watching the big race in Australia here are four compelling reasons to watch the action at Sandown.
Its the start of the PIRTEK Endurance Cup
The Enduros, what else do we need to say?! Sandown, then Bathurst and the Gold Coast 600 to finish the series off, three of the most exciting events in world Motorsport and for many, the highlight of the V8 Supercar season. What other excuse do you need to watch wall to wall Touring Car racing for a few hours! All the hype, the testing, the excitement has built up to these three epic race weekends and with mega points on offer, and Prodrive locking out the top two standings, Sandown and the Enduros could be where the championship fight really hots up.
Records are waiting to be broken
Yes, you could argue that from starting down on the penultimate row after his penalty for contact with Perkins, Lowndes stands little chance of victory today, but in V8 Supercars, and indeed Touring Cars in general, we all know anything can happen. With a determined Lowndes sitting pretty just 81 points behind Mostert in the standings the prospect of a record equaling 5th victory will make him more hungry than ever. Couple that with Whincup-Dumbrell seeking their hat-trick of victories at Sandown, we could well be seeing history made later today.
Holden vs Ford – Battle Royale
With Whincup starting just ahead of both Prodrive cars, our mouths are already watering at the prospect of what could happen later today. Although Ford sadly announced the withdrawal of factory support from the series after 2015 the rivalry still remains as strong as ever, as does the prospect of fireworks on race day. We can’t wait to see how the battle pans out between two of V8 Supercars most well liked, and successful teams but they won’t play nice, and they’ll both be out to claim bragging rights in the first enduro of the season.
Old legends return to the grid
And if the above wasn’t enough to make you block out a Sandown 500 chunk of your day, the return of V8 Supercar legends Ambrose and Ingall surely is. While watching Holden and Ford battle it out for the win, another mouthwatering prospect is seeing these two series veterans duke it out for spots in the top ten, or maybe even higher. With Ambrose showing much improved form this weekend, he could well feature among the front runners for periods of the race. Watch this space.
So there we have it, our top four reasons to watch the Sandown 500. We hope you agree, and have a lot more too! We can’t wait for the race to start and we’re sure we’re not alone. Feel free to add to our list, either by commenting below or on our Twitter page, we’ll be live and online throughout the race!