Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes have scored their first Penrite Oil Sandown 500 win together in 12 years, as Scott McLaughlin wrapped up successive championships.
The #888 Red Bull Holden completed a flawless weekend after a heartbreaking right-rear damper failure for teammates Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander brought undone a storming drive.
Lowndes and Whincup won their Saturday sprint races and then took out the 500km main event to score maximum points, but it had seemed as though they would have to settle for second.
That loss was Tickford Racing’s gain, with Chaz Mostert/James Moffat and Lee Holdsworth/Thomas Randle moving up to be a distant second and third.
Mostert appeared set to deny Holdsworth his first podium in 2045 days when he passed The Bottle-O Mustang on lap 136, before trouble struck for van Gisbergen.
For Mostert meanwhile, it was a nice bounce back from a terrible endurance swing, including missing both Gold Coast races after a qualifying shunt.
As it turned out, Whincup and Lowndes would take their fifth and sixth Sandown 500 win respectively and sew up the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.