2003 Betta Electrical Sandown 500

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Race details
Round 9 of 13 in the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series on the Sandown International Raceway at Melbourne, Victoria.
Date 12-14 September 2003
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Course Sandown International Raceway
3.1 km
Distance 141 laps, 437 km
Weather Rain
Pole
Driver Marcos Ambrose Stone Brothers Racing
Time 1:11.8554
Race 1
First Mark Skaife
Todd Kelly
3:26:50.4750 Holden Racing Team
Second Steven Ellery
Luke Youlden
3:27:20.5916 Steven Ellery Racing
Third Greg Murphy
Rick Kelly
3:27:53.5276 K-Mart Racing Team
Final standings
First Mark Skaife
Todd Kelly
Holden Racing Team
Second Steven Ellery
Luke Youlden
Steven Ellery Racing
Third Greg Murphy
Rick Kelly
K-Mart Racing Team

The 2003 Betta Electrical Sandown 500 was an endurance race for V8 Supercars. The event was staged at the Sandown International Raceway near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia on 14 September 2003 as Round 9 of the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series. The programmed race distance was 161 laps of the 3.1 km circuit (499 km) however the race was declared at 141 laps (437 km) due to the effects of the weather.

It was the 36th touring car endurance race to be held at Sandown.

Top ten shootout[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Car Time
Pole 4 Pirtek Racing Australia Marcos Ambrose Ford BA Falcon 1:11.8554
2 1 Holden Racing Team Australia Mark Skaife Holden VY Commodore 1:12.2797
3 51 K-Mart Racing Team New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VY Commodore 1:12.3744
4 65 Team Betta Electrical New Zealand Paul Radisich Ford BA Falcon 1:12.6438
5 44 Team Dynamik New Zealand Simon Wills Holden VY Commodore 1:12.6448
6 17 Shell Helix Racing Australia Steven Johnson Ford BA Falcon 1:12.6711
7 6 Ford Performance Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Ford BA Falcon 1:12.6823
8 21 OzEmail Racing Team Australia John Bowe Ford BA Falcon 1:12.9444
9 29 Sirromet - Life, Style, Wine Australia Paul Morris Holden VY Commodore 1:13.0164
10 31 Super Cheap Auto Racing Australia Steven Ellery Ford BA Falcon 1:20.6263

Official results[edit]

Pos No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
Shootout
Pos
Series
Points
1 1 Holden Racing Team Australia Mark Skaife
Australia Todd Kelly
Holden VY Commodore 141 2 2 192
2 31 Super Cheap Auto Racing Australia Steven Ellery
Australia Luke Youlden
Ford BA Falcon 141 5 10 188
3 51 K-Mart Racing Team New Zealand Greg Murphy
Australia Rick Kelly
Holden VY Commodore 141 4 3 184
4 21 OzEmail Racing Team Australia John Bowe
Australia Brad Jones
Ford BA Falcon 141 8 8 180
5 4 Pirtek Racing Australia Marcos Ambrose
Australia Russell Ingall
Ford BA Falcon 140 3 1 176
6 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Team New Zealand Steven Richards
Australia Larry Perkins
Holden VY Commodore 140 21 172
7 65 Team Betta Electrical New Zealand Paul Radisich
Sweden Rickard Rydell
Ford BA Falcon 140 1 4 168
8 19 Ford Performance Racing Australia David Besnard
Australia Owen Kelly
Ford BA Falcon 140 23 164
9 10 Orrcon Racing Australia Jason Bargwanna
Australia Mark Larkham
Ford BA Falcon 140 17 160
10 2 Holden Racing Team New Zealand Jim Richards
Australia Tony Longhurst
Holden VY Commodore 140 26 156
11 9 Caltex Havoline Race Team Australia Mark Winterbottom
Australia Mark Noske
Ford BA Falcon 140 14 152
12 15 K-Mart Racing Team United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
Australia Cameron McLean
Holden VX Commodore 140 15 148
13 29 Sirromet - Life, Style, Wine Australia Paul Morris
New Zealand John Faulkner
Holden VY Commodore 139 9 9 144
14 66 Team Betta Electrical Australia Dean Canto
Australia Matthew White
Ford BA Falcon 139 18 140
15 17 Shell Helix Racing Australia Steven Johnson
Australia Warren Luff
Ford BA Falcon 139 7 6 136
16 6 Ford Performance Racing Australia Craig Lowndes
Australia Glenn Seton
Ford BA Falcon 139 10 7 132
17 5 Ford Performance Racing Australia Darren Hossack
Australia Adam Macrow
Ford BA Falcon 139 22 128
19 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Garth Tander
Australia Nathan Pretty
Holden VY Commodore 138 11 124
19 18 Shell Helix Racing Brazil Max Wilson
Australia David Brabham
Ford BA Falcon 138 12 120
20 888 OzEmail Racing Team United Kingdom John Cleland
Australia Andrew Jones
Ford BA Falcon 138 19 116
21 13 Smiths Trucks / Lubrimax Australia Steve Owen
Australia Phillip Scifleet
Holden VX Commodore 137 30 112
22 16 Team Brock Australia Greg Ritter
Australia Marcus Marshall
Holden VX Commodore 137 20 108
23 20 Orrcon Racing Australia Grant Johnson
Australia Kerry Wade
Ford AU Falcon 137 31 104
24 46 Holden Young Lions Australia Dale Brede
Australia Tony Ricciardello
Holden VX Commodore 136 33 100
25 23 INXS Team Ford Australia Rick Bates
Australia Neal Bates
Ford AU Falcon 136 32 96
26 99 Thexton Motor Racing New Zealand David Thexton
Australia Brett Peters
Ford AU Falcon 133 35 92
27 24 Sirromet - Life, Style, Wine Australia Alan Gurr
Australia Andy McElrea
Holden VX Commodore 133 34 88
28 45 Team Dynamik France Nicolas Minassian
Australia Wayne Wakefield
Holden VY Commodore 132 27 84
29 33 Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Jamie Whincup
Denmark Allan Simonsen
Holden VX Commodore 130 28 80
30 75 Toll Racing Australia Anthony Tratt
Australia Paul Stokell
Ford BA Falcon 128 29 76
31 50 Team Brock Australia Jason Bright
Australia Paul Weel
Holden VX Commodore 117 13 72
DNF 44 Team Dynamik New Zealand Simon Wills
New Zealand Jason Richards
Holden VY Commodore 139 6 5 68
DNF 8 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Paul Dumbrell
Australia Tomas Mezera
Holden VX Commodore 113 24
DNF 021 Team Kiwi Racing New Zealand Craig Baird
New Zealand Mark Porter
Holden VX Commodore 54 16
DNF 3 Lansvale Racing Team Australia Cameron McConville
Australia Tim Leahey
Holden VX Commodore 13 25

Statistics[edit]

  • Provisional Pole Position - #65 Paul Radisich - 1:11.0674
  • Pole Position - #4 Marcos Ambrose - 1:11.8554
  • Fastest Lap - #1 Mark Skaife - 1:12.0236
  • Race Average Speed - 127 km/h

References[edit]

V8 Supercar
Previous race:
2003 V8Supercar Oran Park
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series Next race:
2003 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000
Previous year:
2002 Sandown 500
Sandown 500 Next year:
2004 Betta Electrical 500