Skaife Takes Race 2

Mark Skaife won the second race at Shanghai as Holden Racing Team recorded their second one-three finish of the weekend

Skaife Takes Race 2

Skaife was able to take an easy win after taking the lead during the pit stops, with Richards second ahead of Skaife's teammate Todd Kelly. Championship leader Marcos Ambrose was next with Paul Radisich a creditable fifth. After a poor race one Russell Ingall finished race two in sixth place.

Richards beat Todd Kelly into turn one at the start while Craig Lowndes passed Skaife who made another poor start. However Lowndes was soon cruising back to the pits as a clutch problem sidelined the Ford driver.

There was also drama at the hairpin at the end of the straight early in the race, as well as an early exit for Greg Murphy who got airborne at turn one on lap two through the gravel trap and damaged his car.

Lap three saw Marcos Ambrose take fourth at the hairpin from Paul Radisich, while a lap later Skaife did the same to teammate Kelly to move into second place.

During the pit stops, which were taken early, the order shuffled, Skaife moving ahead of Richards and Ambrose moving ahead of Todd Kelly.

Skaife edged away at the front as teammate Kelly pressured Ambrose for third. On lap eleven Kelly took the place as he drove up the inside through the banked corner leading onto the long main straight.

From there the race settled down, Skaife holding a comfortable lead despite a brake lock-up or two, while Kelly closed on Richards but couldn't find a way to pass him as Ambrose faded as the laps wound down.

Result of Race Two, Shanghai International Circuit, China

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