With a history stretching back to the opening of the Sandown track in 1962 there's much that has transpired at this famous venue. Please see below for some interesting statistics about the track and the evolution of the Betta Electrical Sandown ...
With a history stretching back to the opening of the Sandown track in 1962 there's much that has transpired at this famous venue. Please see below for some interesting statistics about the track and the evolution of the Betta Electrical Sandown 500.
Age has not wearied them:
Eighteen years after their 1985 success, Jim Richards and Tony Longhurst (Holden Racing Team) team up once again in 2003 for another shot at Sandown glory. Richards also teamed with Mark Skaife in 1989 for his second endurance victory.
"18 years! Gee, that was so long ago, I'd almost forgotten! Actually it'll be good driving with Tony again. Neither of us are going out there with a point to prove; we're just enjoying the opportunity of driving with HRT in one of the best cars going and will be attempting to do the best possible job!"
"Seeing as I'm the youngest of the two of us, I'll call the shots, do all the qualifying and start the race! (laughs) Look, there are no egos with Jim and I and it's not as if we are trying to impress an owner or team manager with a view to our future careers! HRT has hired us because they believe we can do a good job, we're in a top line car and, we'll just go out there and give it our best shot."
Long serving success:
If successful in 2003, Larry Perkins who teams with Steven Richards (Castrol Perkins Racing) will have secured victory over three decades following success in 1984 with Peter Brock, 1992 with Steve Harrington and 1998 with Russell Ingall.
Keeping it in the family:
Jim Richards will line up against son Steven in 2003.
Steven Johnson is also a second-generation driver, following in the footsteps of father, Dick Johnson who is now team owner of Shell Helix Racing. Dick tasted back-to-back Sandown 500 success in 1994/95 with John Bowe
Glenn Seton is another second-generation driver. His father Bo was an accomplished driver having won the 1965 Armstrong 500 at Bathurst with Midge Bosworth in a Ford Cortina GT 500.
Brad and Andrew Jones will both drive for the OzEmail Racing Team. Brad in the #21 car is Andrew's (#888) uncle.
A 4-year wait for the Betta Electrical Sandown 500
2003 marks the first time the V8 Supercar endurance feature at Sandown has taken place since 1998 when Russell Ingall and Larry Perkins secured victory.