Skaife on Shanghai Pole

Mark Skaife has taken his first pole position of the year at the inaugural V8 Supercar event in China

Skaife on Shanghai Pole

Skaife maintained his run at the top of the timesheets at Shanghai International circuit, setting the fastest time in qualifying and then the shootout. Alongside him will be Steven Richards, who currently sits third in the title chase.

Greg Murphy and Paul Radisich made it four Holdens in the top four grid positions, with Craig Lowndes the best placed Ford in fifth place as his run of pole positions came to an abrupt end.

Championship leader Marcos Ambrose was uncharacteristically down the order, though he remained inside the top ten in seventh place. However teammate Russell Ingall, just behind him in the points, was not as quick and will start from fourteenth place.

Surprisingly the two Team BOC Fords are on the second last row of the grid, though they are ahead of Rick Kelly who is again running a special Team Buick livery for the China round, Kelly qualifying in last place.

The weekend's racing consists of one 100 km race and two 140 km races.

Qualifying Results, Shanghai International Circuit, China

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