Mark Skaife

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Mark Skaife
Mark Skaife.jpg
Skaife at the Australian GP in 2006
Nationality Australian
Born (1967-04-03) 3 April 1967 (age 48)
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
V8 Supercar Record
Series championships 5
Races 220
Race wins 90
Podium finishes 87
Pole positions 41
2011 Championship position 29th (532 pts)

Mark Stephen Skaife OAM (born 3 April 1967 in Gosford, New South Wales) is an Australian motor racing driver. Skaife is a five time champion of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, including its predecessor, the Australian Touring Car Championship. He is also a six-time winner if the Bathurst 1000. On 29 October 2008, he announced his retirement from full-time touring car racing.[1] Skaife was as a colour-commentator for Seven Network broadcast of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Biography[edit]

Skaife was born in Gosford, New South Wales, the son of touring car racer, Russell Skaife. Skaife is married to wife Toni with three children: Mitch, Mia and Tilly.[2] He attended Wyong High School and is a known supporter of National Rugby League club Manly-Warringah.

In 2004, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, for services to motor racing and charity.[3] In 2006, Skaife set a Guinness World Record with the fastest speed of 277.16 km/h (172.21 mp/h) for a production ute, driving a HSV Maloo at the Woomera Prohibited Area.[4]

Racing career[edit]

Skaife began racing karts in the 1980s. His first car race was at Amaroo Park in 1984, at the wheel of a Holden Torana XU-1 sports sedan, which was partly built by his father, Russell. The following year, Skaife joined the Ford Laser Series, finishing second in the series. Skaife again finished runner up in 1986. Skaife was due to race at Bathurst that year, however his co-driver and team owner, Peter Williamson, crashed the team's Toyota Supra during practice (which saw Williamson spend race day in hospital with a broken jaw after the onboard fire extinguisher had broken free of its mountings and hit him in the face while he was wearing an open face helmet) and the entry was withdrawn.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1985 New South Wales Laser Series 2nd Ford Laser Tyretown Racing
1986 New South Wales Laser Series 2nd Ford Laser Tyretown Racing
1986 Victorian Laser Series 1st Ford Laser Tyretown Racing
1987 Australian Touring Car Championship 17th Nissan Gazelle Peter Jackson Nissan Racing
1987 Australian 2.0 Litre Touring Car Championship 1st Nissan Gazelle Peter Jackson Nissan Racing
1989 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th Skyline HR31 GTS-R Nissan Motorsport Australia
1990 Australian Touring Car Championship 14th Skyline HR31 GTS-R
Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R
Nissan Motorsport Australia
1990 Australian Drivers' Championship 3rd Spa FB001 Holden Skaife Racing P/L
1991 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R Nissan Motorsport Australia
1991 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Spa FB003 Holden Gibson Motor Sport
1992 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R Winfield Team Nissan
1992 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Spa FB003 Holden Winfield Racing
1992 FIA Formula 3000 International Championship 29th Reynard 92D Mugen Honda 3001 International
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Holden VP Commodore Winfield Racing
1993 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Lola T91/50 Holden Winfield Racing
1993 Touring Car World Cup 35th Nissan Primera eGT Nissan Castrol Racing
1994 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Holden VP Commodore Winfield Racing
1995 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Holden VR Commodore Winfield Racing
1995 Australian Drivers' Championship 7th Lola T93/50 Holden Gibson Motor Sport
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th Holden VR Commodore Gibson Motor Sport
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 13th Holden VS Commodore Gibson Motor Sport
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Holden VS Commodore Holden Racing Team
1999 Shell Championship Series 3rd Holden VT Commodore Holden Racing Team
2000 Shell Championship Series 1st Holden VT Commodore Holden Racing Team
2001 Shell Championship Series 1st Holden VX Commodore Holden Racing Team
2002 V8Supercar Championship Series 1st Holden VX Commodore Holden Racing Team
2003 V8Supercar Championship Series 3rd Holden VY Commodore Holden Racing Team
2004 V8Supercar Championship Series 12th Holden VY Commodore Holden Racing Team
2005 V8Supercar Championship Series 5th Holden VZ Commodore Holden Racing Team
2006 V8Supercar Championship Series 16th Holden VZ Commodore Holden Racing Team
2007 V8Supercar Championship Series 8th[5] Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2008 V8Supercar Championship Series 14th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 31st Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 33rd Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 29th Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 21st Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Porsche Cars Australia

Bathurst 1000 wins[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Co-Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
Group A
1991 1 1 1 Australia Nissan Motorsport Australia Australia Jim Richards Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 161
Nissan 2.6 L S6 Twin-turbo
1992 1 A 1 Australia Winfield Team Nissan Australia Jim Richards Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 143
Nissan 2.6 L S6 Twin-turbo
V8 Supercars
2001 1 1 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Tony Longhurst Holden VX Commodore 161
Holden 5.0 L V8
2002 1 1 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Jim Richards Holden VX Commodore 161
Holden 5.0 L V8
2005 1 2 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Todd Kelly Holden VZ Commodore 161
Holden 5.0 L V8
2010 1 888 Australia Team Vodafone Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore 161
Holden 5.0 L V8

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Nissan Gazelle MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA
BNO SIL BAT
19
CLD
WEL
FJI NC 0

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1992 3001 International SIL
PAU
CAT
PER
HOC
NÜR
SPA
ALB
NOG
16
MAG
RET
NC 0

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1997 40
DNF
GT1 46 United Kingdom Newcastle United Lister United Kingdom Julian Bailey
Brazil Thomas Erdos
Lister Storm GTL D 77
Jaguar 7.0L V12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guy Hand (29 October 2008). "Skaife announces retirement from V8s". FoxSportsNews. Retrieved 29 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series: Teams & Drivers: Driver – Mark Skaife". 
  3. ^ "Skaife honour record". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 16 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Desert Storm". Guinness World Records. 27 June 2006. Retrieved 16 May 2008. 
  5. ^ [1]
  • "Farewell Skaifey", 2008 NRMA Motoring & Services Gran Finale official race programme

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Simon Kane
Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1991, 1992 and 1993
Succeeded by
Paul Stokell
Preceded by
Win Percy
Allan Grice
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1991 and 1992
(with Jim Richards)
Succeeded by
Larry Perkins
Gregg Hansford
Preceded by
Jim Richards
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1992
Succeeded by
Glenn Seton
Preceded by
Glenn Seton
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1994
Succeeded by
John Bowe
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Winner of the V8Supercar Championship Series
2000, 2001 and 2002
Succeeded by
Marcos Ambrose
Preceded by
Garth Tander
Jason Bargwanna
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2001 and 2002
(with Tony Longhurst and Jim Richards)
Succeeded by
Greg Murphy
Rick Kelly
Preceded by
Greg Murphy
Rick Kelly
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2005
(with Todd Kelly)
Succeeded by
Craig Lowndes
Jamie Whincup
Preceded by
Garth Tander
Will Davison
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2010
(with Craig Lowndes)
Succeeded by
Garth Tander
Nick Percat
Records
Preceded by
Peter Brock
37 wins
(19732004)
Most ATCC round wins
42
(19872011),
38th win at the 2007 Eastern Creek round of the V8 Supercar Championship
Succeeded by
Craig Lowndes
43 wins
(19962013)