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    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.

    The race was won by Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly driving a Holden VY Commodore.

    Top 10 Shootout

    Pos.[1] No.[1] Driver[1] Entrant[1] Car[1] Time[1]
    Pole 4 Australia Marcos Ambrose Pirtek 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 Betta Electrical 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 Shell Helix 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 OzEmail Racing Team Ford BA Falcon 1:12.9444
    9 31 Australia Steven Ellery Super Cheap Auto racing Ford BA Falcon 1:20.6263
    10 29 Australia Paul Morris Sirromet - Life Style Wine Holden VY Commodore Excluded

    Race results

    Pos.[2] No.[2] Drivers[2][3] Entrant[2] Car[2] Laps[2] 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
    Super Cheap Auto Racing Ford BA Falcon 141 5 9 188
    3 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy
    Australia Rick Kelly
    K-Mart Racing Team Holden VY Commodore 141 4 3 184
    4 21 Australia John Bowe
    Australia Brad Jones
    OzEmail Racing Team Ford BA Falcon 141 8 8 180
    5 4 Australia Marcos Ambrose
    Australia Russell Ingall
    Pirtek Racing Ford BA Falcon 140 3 1 176
    6 11 New Zealand Steven Richards
    Australia Larry Perkins
    Castrol Perkins Racing Team Holden VY Commodore 140 21 172
    7 65 New Zealand Paul Radisich
    Sweden Rickard Rydell
    Betta Electrical 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
    Orrcon Racing 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
    Caltex Havoline Race Team Ford BA Falcon 140 14 152
    12 15 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
    Australia Cameron McLean
    K-Mart Racing Team Holden VX Commodore 140 15 148
    13 29 Australia Paul Morris
    New Zealand John Faulkner
    Sirromet - Life Style Wine Holden VY Commodore 139 9 EXC 144
    14 66 Australia Dean Canto
    Australia Matthew White
    Betta Electrical Ford BA Falcon 139 18 140
    15 17 Australia Steven Johnson
    Australia Warren Luff
    Shell Helix 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
    18 34 Australia Garth Tander
    Australia Nathan Pretty
    Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VY Commodore 138 11 124
    19 18 Brazil Max Wilson
    Australia David Brabham
    Shell Helix Racing Ford BA Falcon 138 12 120
    20 888 United Kingdom John Cleland
    Australia Andrew Jones
    OzEmail Racing Team 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
    Orrcon Racing Ford AU Falcon 137 31 104
    24 46 Australia Dale Brede
    Australia Tony Ricciardello
    Holden Yound Lions Holden VX Commodore 136 33 100
    25 23 Australia Rick Bates
    Australia Neal Bates
    INXS 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
    Romano Racing 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
    Toll 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
    Castrol Perkins Racing Team 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 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.

    Statistics

    • 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

    External links

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