Two from Three for Todd Kelly

Todd Kelly made it two wins in three races as he took the third race and overall round victory at the inaugural V8 Supercar round in China

Two from Three for Todd Kelly

Todd Kelly held off Steven Richards in the closing laps to record his and the team's first victory in a year. It also secured him the round win, ahead of Steven Richards with Paul Radisich scoring his team's first ever podium finish.

Marcos Ambrose, Russell Ingall and Mark Skaife all suffered dramas in the final race, though Ambrose did manage to recover to thirteenth place after his drivethrough penalty.

Ambrose's recovery keeps him on top of the points standings, 81 points ahead of teammate Russell Ingall, with Steven Richards ten points further back. The Holden Racing Team duo of Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly are 172 and 182 points behind respectively.

Another poor start for Mark Skaife dropped him from first to fifth at the start, while another superb start for Steven Richards moved him into first, Todd Kelly, Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall also making their way past Skaife. Craig Lowndes had another short race, after getting caught up in a turn one melee.

The first three cars pitted on lap six, Ambrose making the best stop but not able to beat Richards, nudging Richards and the exit marker cone before allowing Todd Kelly to move through as well.

A lap later there was more drama as Rick Kelly went off on the pit entry, though in a safe position. Soon after Russell Ingall was in the gravel on the outside of the last turn when Mark Skaife slammed into his rear when Skaife pitted, having mistakenly expected Ingall to be pitting as well.

This brought out the safety car, before the race returned to green flag racing on lap 11, Richards leading Kelly, Ambrose, Skaife and Paul Radisich. The order changed when Ambrose took a drivethrough penalty at the end of the lap for his pit lane indiscretion, dropping him from third to 26th.

Two laps later Skaife was in to serve a drivethrough penalty for his contact with Ingall, dropping him from third to 24th, Skaife having compounded his problems by locking a brake heavily at the hairpin just before taking his stop.

On the same lap Todd Kelly took the lead from Steven Richards at turn one, and opened a small gap over Richards who was joined by Paul Radisich and Jamie Whincup, the group stayin close together as the laps wound down.

In the closing laps Steven Richards closed the gap to Todd Kelly but wasn't quite close enough to make a move, while behind him Radisich and Kelly were giving Richards and each other a hard time, without any success.

Result of Race Three, Shanghai International Circuit, China

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