2003 Betta Electrical Sandown 500

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 Sandown 500 endurance race.

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
Date12–14 September 2003
LocationMelbourne, Victoria
VenueSandown International Raceway
WeatherRain
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 race was won by Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly driving a Holden VY Commodore.

Top 10 ShootoutEdit

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

Race resultsEdit

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

+ Mark Porter did not drive car 021 during the race and Tim Leahey did not drive car 3 during the race.

StatisticsEdit

  • 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Top 10 Shootout, www.v8supercar.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org". Archived from the original on 2004-01-13. Retrieved 2004-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Race results, v8supercar.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org". Archived from the original on 2003-10-02. Retrieved 2003-10-02.
  3. ^ "Betta Electrical Sandown 500 The One That Got Away, V8supercar.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org". Archived from the original on 2003-10-08. Retrieved 2003-10-08.

External linksEdit

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2004 Betta Electrical 500