Murphy dominates race 1

Greg Murphy continued from where he left off in qualifying to take a dominant victory in the first V8 Supercar race of the weekend at Surfers Paradise

Murphy dominates race 1

Murphy led from lights to flag apart from a couple of laps during pit stops, as he took a relatively comfortable victory. Second was Craig Lowndes, back on form after his error at Bathurst with third place taken by Bathurst winner Mark Skaife.

The race saw a major shift in the complexion of the championship, with three of the frontrunners having disastrous races. Steven Richards, Todd Kelly and Marcos Ambrose all struck trouble within the opening two laps, and will start race two from 27th, 31st and 32nd respectively, as championship leader Russell Ingall consolidated by taking fourth place.

Going into the race with a two point lead, Ingall now has a 60 point lead over Ambrose and 134 point lead over Kelly, with the rest of the field further back. More importantly, while Ingall will start race two from fourth, his two closest challengers, Kelly and Ambrose, will start from the last row on a track notoriously hard to pass on.

The start of the race saw a frantic dash to the turn one chicane, Murphy leading as the two teammates of Todd Kelly and Mark Skaife jumped the chicane to avoid contact with each other, with Steven Richards and Marcos Ambrose in close pursuit. Ambrose dived inside Richards to take fourth place early in the lap.

But before lap one was over Steven Richards was heading for the pits with damage after clipping the wall on the exit of turn four, and Marcos Ambrose was slowing with a clutch problem that would end his race almost immediately. Lap two saw more drama as second placed Todd Kelly retired with smoke pouring from the front of his car.

From there the race settled down, with the only drama to follow involving Mark Skaife when he was forced to concede second to Lowndes after missing the first chicane on lap 25, Murphy taking the win ahead of Lowndes, Skaife, Ingall and Cameron McConville.

Result of race one:

Pos Driver Car 1. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VZ 2. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon BA 3. Mark Skaife Holden Commodore VZ 4. Russell Ingall Ford Falcon BA 5. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VZ 6. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VZ 7. Steve Ellery Ford Falcon BA 8. Jason Bright Ford Falcon BA 9. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VZ 10. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VZ 11. Craig Baird Ford Falcon BA 12. David Besnard Ford Falcon BA 13. Paul Radisich Holden Commodore VZ 14. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon BA 15. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VZ 16. John Bowe Ford Falcon BA 17. Brad Jones Ford Falcon BA 18. Anthony Tratt Holden Commodore VY 19. Greg Ritter Ford Falcon BA 20. Dean Canto Holden Commodore VZ 21. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon BA 22. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VY 23. Glenn Seton Ford Falcon BA 24. Paul Morris Holden Commodore VZ 25. Matthew White Ford Falcon BA 26. Max Wilson Holden Commodore VZ 27. Steven Richards Holden Commodore VY DNF Alex Davison Holden Commodore VZ DNF Paul Weel Holden Commodore VZ DNF Jason Bargwanna Ford Falcon BA DNF Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VZ DNF Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon BA 
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