Richards Takes Race Two

Steven Richards held off Russell Ingall to win race two at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia

Richards Takes Race Two

Richards' consistency and pace got the job done when other cars either failed or got involved in incidents, with Ingall continuing his recent strong form to take second with Craig Lowndes taking third as his move to Triple Eight continues to pay off.

The start of the race saw controversy however, as Marcos Ambrose made a better start than Mark Skaife and attempted to turn in to the first turn ahead of him. However, he was not quite a full car ahead, and so both cars went sliding off, Skaife bogged in the sand with broken steering while Ambrose recovered to rejoin at the tail of the field.

The race was soon underway again, Richards showing the way. Ambrose's day was about to get worse, receiving a drivethrough penalty for his part in the first turn incident, dropping him to the rear of the field.

Greg Murphy wasn't far behind Richards thanks to the turn one drama and this proved to be crucial, as Murphy was able to jump Richards at the pit stops and take the lead, with Paul Radisich and Russell Ingall next in line.

Murphy seem set to take the win, even when the field compressed for a safety car period just after half distance. But a rear axle problem surfaced under the safety car period, forcing Murphy to give up the lead and putting him effectively out of the race.

Richards led the rest of the way ahead of Ingall, with Lowndes taking third after passing Steven Johnson with two laps remaining. Remarkably, Marcos Ambrose recovered from his early misdemeanors and filled out the top five placings.

However, after the race, in possibly an unprecedented move, Ambrose was give a 25 point penalty on top of the drivethrough penalty he received during the race, negating most of his charge back through the field.

Result of Perth V8 400 Race Two, Barbagallo Raceway, Wanneroo:

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

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