A report on Sandown Raceway

Motor racing circuit in the suburb of Springvale in Melbourne, Victoria, approximately 25 km south east of the city centre.

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Peter Brock in August 2006

Peter Brock

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Australian motor racing driver.

Australian motor racing driver.

Peter Brock in August 2006
Brock at Symmons Plains 1982
Brock's Bathurst winning Torana
Peter Brock racing at Wanneroo Park in 1985 in a Holden Commodore VK
Peter Brock's Daytona Sportscar - the day before the accident.
Peter Brock in the Daytona Coupe racing in Targa Tasmania 2006
The Peter Brock Memorial at the National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst.

Along with his record at the Bathurst race, Brock also claimed victory in the traditional lead up race to Bathurst, the Sandown 500, nine times, including a string of seven consecutive wins from 1975 until 1981.

Allan Moffat in the Ford Boss 302 Mustang at Lakeside International Raceway

Allan Moffat

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Canadian-Australian racing driver known for his four championships in the Australian Touring Car Championship, six wins in the Sandown 500 and his four wins in the Bathurst 500/1000.

Canadian-Australian racing driver known for his four championships in the Australian Touring Car Championship, six wins in the Sandown 500 and his four wins in the Bathurst 500/1000.

Allan Moffat in the Ford Boss 302 Mustang at Lakeside International Raceway
Moffat in the works Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III at Surfers Paradise International Raceway, February 1972
Replica of the Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop in which Moffat and Ian Geoghegan won the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000
Ford XC Falcon Hardtop Group C race car - Moffat/Ickx 1977 Hardie Ferodo 1000 race winning car (second-placed team car of Bond/Hamilton in the background)
Replica of the 1982 Mazda RX7 Group C race car driven by Moffat/Baker in the 1982 James Hardie 1000
1982 Mazda RX7 Group C race car replica
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A of Allan Moffat & John Harvey, winner of the 1987 Monza 500, on display at the Historic Sandown 2009
Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Group A race car - Moffat/Rouse/Tassin 1987 James Hardie 1000

Allan Moffat and Jon Leighton drove a Ford Cortina Lotus to fourth place in the 1964 Sandown 6 Hour International at Melbourne's Sandown Park.

Prodrive Racing Australia secured a one-two finish in the 2015 Sandown 500

Sandown 500

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Prodrive Racing Australia secured a one-two finish in the 2015 Sandown 500
Jamie Whincup won the fourth of his five Sandown 500s in 2018, driving with Paul Dumbrell

The Sandown 500 was an annual endurance motor race which was staged at the Sandown Raceway, near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia from 1964 to 2019.

Holden Dealer Team

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Holden's semi-official racing team from 1969 until 1986, primarily contesting Australian Touring Car events but also rallying, rallycross and sports sedans during the 1970s.

Holden's semi-official racing team from 1969 until 1986, primarily contesting Australian Touring Car events but also rallying, rallycross and sports sedans during the 1970s.

Replica of the 1976 Bathurst HDT Bond/Harvey Torana L34
The LH Torana Sports Sedan, pictured in 2015.
The 1979 Bathurst 1000 winning Torana
Brock at Symmons Plains 1982
The 1984 Bathurst 1000 winning Brock/Perkins Holden VK Commodore
Holden VL Commodore as raced in 1987
1980 VC Commodore HDT sedan in Firethorn Red.
A slightly modified 1982 VH Commodore SS Group 3 sedan in Maranello Red.
A slightly modified 1985 VK Commodore SS Group A sedan in Formula Blue. This model is nicknamed Blue Meanie by enthusiasts.
A 5.6L 1987 HDT Director in Maranello Red. The launch of this car in 1987, based on the VL Commodore, saw Holden sever ties with the HDT.
A HDT VC Retro ute.
2008 HDT VE SS Group III – VH Retro sedan

However, due to teething troubles with this new homologation special, the Holden Dealer Team struggled against the two-car Moffat Ford Dealers team, with Allan Moffat winning both the 1977 ATCC title and also the big one, the Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst, though Peter Brock, driving for former racer and Melbourne Holden dealer Bill Patterson, gave the A9X Hatchback a dream racing debut when his privately entered car won the 1977 Hang Ten 400 at Sandown Park.

Arthur Waite won the 1928 100 Miles Road Race at the Phillip Island road circuit driving an Austin 7

Australian Grand Prix

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Annual motor racing event which is under contract to host Formula One until 2035.

Annual motor racing event which is under contract to host Formula One until 2035.

Arthur Waite won the 1928 100 Miles Road Race at the Phillip Island road circuit driving an Austin 7
Promotional poster for the first Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide in 1985.
Albert Park Circuit (1996–2020)
Demonstration event held in Melbourne just before the start of the 2005 Grand Prix
Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg at Corner 6 of the Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
2008 Race Winner Lewis Hamilton on the Podium with Nick Heidfeld
Celebrity Challenge, 2008 GP
Jenson Button, winner of the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Australian Grands Prix
Adelaide, used in Formula One from 1985 to 1995
Melbourne, used in Formula One in 1953, 1956, 1996–2019, 2022
A map of all the locations of the Australian Grand Prix.

Brabham won the Grand Prix three times, McLaren twice, Clark twice, the second was his last major victory before his untimely death, winning a highly entertaining battle with Chris Amon at the 1968 Australian Grand Prix at Sandown Raceway.

Layout of the Sandown Raceway international circuit (1984-1998)

1984 Castrol 500

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Layout of the Sandown Raceway international circuit (1984-1998)
The race winning Brock/Perkins Holden Commodore

The 1984 Castrol 500 was an endurance motor race staged at the Sandown Park circuit in Victoria, Australia on 9 September 1984.

Supercars Championship

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Touring car racing category in Australia, running as an International Series under Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile regulations, governing the sport.

Touring car racing category in Australia, running as an International Series under Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile regulations, governing the sport.

Mark Skaife's 1994 Holden VP Commodore
Craig Lowndes' 1996 Holden VR Commodore
Glenn Seton's 1997 Ford Falcon EL, pictured in 2011
Todd Kelly's 2003 Holden VY Commodore
Mark Skaife, five-time series champion and leader of the new generation V8 Supercar project
Through the new rules manufacturers such as Volvo were able to enter cars in the series.
Jamie Whincup (second from left), the most successful driver in the category's history, celebrates winning the 2011 series.
The start of a race at Queensland Raceway in 2011.
Long-time series commentator Neil Crompton at the 2020 season launch.

Due to the shorter track length of Sandown Raceway, the race is only 500 km and runs for between three and four hours.

Clark in Zandvoort in November 1965

Jim Clark

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British Formula One racing driver from Scotland, who won two World Championships, in 1963 and 1965.

British Formula One racing driver from Scotland, who won two World Championships, in 1963 and 1965.

Clark in Zandvoort in November 1965
Jim Clark in German GP 1962
Clark in the Lotus pit at the German GP 1964
Clark outside the Lotus garage at the Nürburgring in 1966
Clark at the Nürburgring 1965
Jim Clark memorial at the Hockenheimring in Germany
1967 USGP at Watkins Glen, NY
Jim Clark's grave in Chirnside, listing him as farmer before racing driver as he had wished.
Jim Clark memorial sculpture in Kilmany

This included winning the 1968 Australian Grand Prix at the Sandown International Raceway in Melbourne where he defeated the Ferrari 246T of Chris Amon by just 0.1 seconds after 55 laps of the 3.1 km (1.92 mi) circuit, the closest finish in the history of the Australian Grand Prix.

Sandown SuperSprint

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The Sandown SuperSprint (known for sponsorship reasons as Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint) is a Supercars motor racing event held at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

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Motor racing circuit located near Ventnor, on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Motor racing circuit located near Ventnor, on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Arthur Waite won the 1928 100 Miles Road Race on the Phillip Island road circuit driving an Austin 7
Casey Stoner in action at the 2010 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Panorama showing turn 12 heading on to the 900m Gardner Straight
The Dallara IR-05 driven by Mathew Radisich

The Phillip Island 500 replaced Sandown's Sandown 500 as the annual V8 Supercar 500 km race, an event which was later reinstated for 2012.