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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