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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