Bowe's Ferrari fastest on day one at Wakefield Park. John Bowe's defence of the slimmest of leads in the Australian Nations Cup Championship enjoyed a glimmer of hope when he topped official practice for round six at Wakefield Park circuit, near...
Bowe's Ferrari fastest on day one at Wakefield Park.
John Bowe's defence of the slimmest of leads in the Australian Nations Cup Championship enjoyed a glimmer of hope when he topped official practice for round six at Wakefield Park circuit, near Goulburn, today.
But Bowe's fear that his $750,000 Ferrari could be overwhelmed by a brace of nimble Porsches in Sunday's three races also looked a possibility after his closest series rival, Jim Richards, finished second on the timesheets and just 0.35 seconds behind.
"This is going to be a crucial weekend for me," Bowe said.
"Jim Richards is only four points behind in the championship and the Porsches look like they are going to be really strong here while the Ferrari is struggling with the rough track surface.
"It's very bumpy out there and my Ferrari is built for smooth European tracks."
Richards fellow Porsche GT3 driver Peter Fitzgerald was third today, while Sydney's Geoff Morgan managed fourth-fastest time before his session ended with rear suspension failure on his Chrysler Viper.
The Nations Cup cars will be stars of a program featuring eight different categories across 20 races tomorrow and Sunday, plus a range of entertainment including three shows by the Air Force Roulettes Aerobatic Formation Team and a ute muster.
Apart from GT Performance, GT Production Cars, V8 BRutes, Formula 3 and Mitsubishi Mirages, the PROCAR Champ Series will be joined for the first time by V8 Future Tourers.
Sydney's Terry Bosnjak was fastest in a V8 Magna when the Future Tourers contested qualifying for starting positions in their first race tomorrow afternoon.