2003 Betta Electrical Sandown 500

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Victoria (Australia) 2003 Betta Electrical Sandown 500
Event Information
Round 9 of 13 in the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series
Sandown (Australia) track map.svg
Date 12–14 September 2003
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Venue Sandown International Raceway
Weather Rain
Results
Race 1
Distance 141 laps 437 km
Pole position Marcos Ambrose
Stone Brothers Racing
1:11.8554
Winner Mark Skaife
Todd Kelly
Holden Racing Team
3:26:50.4750
Round Results
First 192 pts
Second 188 pts
Third 184 pts

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 and a 19 minute delayed start due to a support category incident.

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

Top ten shootout[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Car Time
Pole 4 Australia Marcos Ambrose Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon 1:11.8554
2 1 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden VY Commodore 1:12.2797
3 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy K-mart Racing Team Holden VY Commodore 1:12.3744
4 65 New Zealand Paul Radisich Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon 1:12.6438
5 44 New Zealand Simon Wills Team Dynamik Holden VY Commodore 1:12.6448
6 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford BA Falcon 1:12.6711
7 6 Australia Craig Lowndes Ford Performance Racing Ford BA Falcon 1:12.6823
8 21 Australia John Bowe Brad Jones Racing Ford BA Falcon 1:12.9444
9 29 Australia Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VY Commodore 1:13.0164
10 31 Australia Steven Ellery Steven Ellery Racing Ford BA Falcon 1:20.6263

Official results[edit]

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

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