Murphy takes Surfers pole

Greg Murphy has bounced back from his late-race crash at Bathurst to set the fastest time in qualifying for this weekend's V8 Supercar round at Surfers Paradise

Murphy takes Surfers pole

Murphy led a Holden assault at the top of the times, with Holden Racing Team teammates Todd Kelly and Mark Skaife completing the top three. Meanwhile series champion Marcos Ambrose, his car repaired from the incident with Murphy at Bathurst, was the fastest Ford in fourth just ahead of Steven Richards in his Holden.

The biggest loser from qualifying to the shootout was Jason Richards, who fell from second to tenth after leaky power steering thwarted his hot lap.

Dean Canto, replacing Andrew Jones at Garry Rogers Motorsport after Jones parted company with the team this week, qualified 25th, while his teammate Cameron McConville will start from ninth, two places behind points leader Russell Ingall.

It has also been announced that Steven Ellery, who qualified eighth, two places behind teammate Craig Lowndes, will not be driving for Triple Eight in 2006, while Orrcon Racing duo Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom have both been confirmed at Orrcon into 2006 and beyond.

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