Skaife on Hidden Valley Pole

Holden Racing Team's resurgence continues with Mark Skaife scoring his second consecutive pole to lead the field at Hidden Valley

Skaife on Hidden Valley Pole

Skaife's time was almost three tenths faster than the next best effort in the shootout, which was set by his teammate Todd Kelly, winner of the corresponding round in 2004.

Ford drivers Craig Lowndes and reigning champion Marcos Ambrose were next best, with the top five round out by Holden's Steven Richards as the leading drivers in the points dominate the front of the grid.

Russell Ingall was set for a top ten start with tenth fastest time in qualifying before he was sent to the rear of the field for missing a pit lane weigh-in.

Super Cheap Auto Racing had their own problems, with Greg Murphy and Paul Weel well down the order in 24th and 26th positions on the grid compared to their sixth and twelfth places in the championship.

Qualifying Results, SkyCity V8 Supercars Darwin, Hidden Valley Raceway:

Pos Driver Car 1. Mark Skaife Holden Commodore VZ 2. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VZ 3. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon BA 4. Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon BA 5. Steven Richards Holden Commodore VY 6. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VZ 7. Paul Radisich Holden Commodore VZ 8. Paul Morris Holden Commodore VZ 9. Jason Bright Ford Falcon BA 10. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon BA 11. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VZ 12. Glenn Seton Ford Falcon BA 13. Jason Bargwanna Ford Falcon BA 14. Simon Wills Holden Commodore VZ 15. Greg Ritter Ford Falcon BA 16. John Bowe Ford Falcon BA 17. Steve Ellery Ford Falcon BA 18. Craig Baird Ford Falcon BA 19. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VY 20. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VZ 21. Max Wilson Holden Commodore VZ 22. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon BA 23. Brad Jones Ford Falcon BA 24. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VZ 25. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VZ 26. Paul Weel Holden Commodore VZ 27. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VZ 28. Steve Owen Ford Falcon BA 29. Matthew White Ford Falcon BA 30. Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VZ 31. Anthony Tratt Holden Commodore VY 32. David Besnard Ford Falcon BA 33. Alex Davison Holden Commodore VZ 34. Russell Ingall Ford Falcon BA 
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