Skaife Wins Race One

Mark Skaife won a hard-fought battle to take race one at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia

Skaife Wins Race One

Ambrose seemed set to take the win in a race which saw three safety car periods as cars raced closely, sometimes a little too closely. But dirt dropped onto the track on the racing line from Craig Lowndes recovering from an off late in the race saw Ambrose slide wide, allowing the closely following Skaife to sneak through into the lead and hold on to take the win.

Ambrose had led the way from the end of lap one when he passed Lowndes for the lead, with the Ambrose, Skaife and Lowndes trio showing the way for most of the race until Lowndes went off at turn one on lap 38, precipitating Ambrose losing the lead a lap later.

This handed third place to a very speedy Steven Richards, who was right on Ambrose's tail at the finish despite Richards trailing smoke for the second half of the race. Completing the top five placings were Russell Ingall and Greg Murphy, who did well after being very slow away at the start.

Lowndes late-race off dropped him to 21st place, while Todd Kelly's race ended early after running wide and then having contact with Murphy, which saw Kelly's steering break, putting him off the track to bring out one of the three safety car periods.

Result of Perth V8 400 Race One, Barbagallo Raceway, Wanneroo:

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

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