Round 3: Eastern Creek - Practice
1. Mark Skaife, Holden Racing Team, VZ Commodore - 1:32.1826s
2. Marcos Ambrose, Pirtek Racing, BA Falcon - 1:32.2635s
3. Steven Richards, Team Perkins Racing, VZ Commodore - 1:32.4322s
4. Jason Richards, Dodo Racing, VZ Commodore - 1:32.5431s
5 Brad Jones, Team BOC, BA Falcon - 1:32.5779s
6. John Bowe, Team BOC, BA Falcon - 1:32.6149s
7. Paul Weel, Super Cheap Auto Racing, VZ Commodore - 1:32.6572s
8. Craig Lowdnes, Team Betta Electrical, BA Falcon - 1:32.7672s
9. Paul Morris, Paul Morris Motorsports, VZ Commodore - 1:32.8147s
10. Simon Wills, Boomerang Team Dynamik, VZ Commodore - 1:32.8197s
Top spot for Skaife at the Creek 28 May 2005, 13:09
by Matthew Agius
Mark Skaife has taken honours in this morning’s two-hour practice run at Eastern Creek Raceway, narrowly taking the lead late in the session from Marcos Ambrose.
Both Team BOC Falcons finished practice in the top ten
The Holden Racing Team owner snatched the lead from the Defending Champion on his very last lap in opening practice. He held a slim gap of just over eight hundredths from the Pirtek Racing driver and appears set for another strong showing at Eastern Creek this weekend.
The two Richards’ were positioned third and fourth. Although both are unrelated they were matched in pace. Steven Richards took the last spot in the top three in his Team Perkins Racing Commodore, whilst Jason Richards made a welcome return to the top ten in his Dodo Racing VZ Holden.
Team BOC put in another strong showing at Eastern Creek. After John Bowe qualified fastest here last year, the two BJR prepared Falcons finished practice in fifth and sixth places, with Brad Jones gaining the edge over teammate Bowe.
In this championship consistency is the key, so for Paul Weel to finish seventh in this session means that he looks set for another decent round this weekend. Craig Lowndes was eighth in his Team Betta Electrical Falcon. Paul Morris finished ninth ahead of Simon Wills in an impressive showing for Team Dynamik, as they attempt to make it back to the pointy end of the field.
Jason Bright, Russell Ingall and Greg Murphy narrowly missed the top ten and were around six-tenths off Skaife’s lap time.
With the top twenty separated by less than a second, and with the next thirteen cars a further second back, the weekend’s racing at Eastern Creek is shaping up to be exciting and actioned-packed. Qualifying kicks off this afternoon at 2.15pm local time, followed by the Top Ten Shootout.