Bowe faultless in Ferrari at Wakefield Park. A faultless John Bowe and his $750,000 Ferrari coupe completed a clean sweep of round six of the Australian Nations Cup Championship at Wakefield Park circuit, near Goulburn, today. Bowe won three...
Bowe faultless in Ferrari at Wakefield Park.
A faultless John Bowe and his $750,000 Ferrari coupe completed a clean sweep of round six of the Australian Nations Cup Championship at Wakefield Park circuit, near Goulburn, today.
Bowe won three races from three starts, after also dominating practice and qualifying sessions over the previous two days, and extended his lead in the series pointscore over defending champion Jim Richards.
"I'm much happier at the end of today than I was on Friday. At the start of the weekend I was only four points ahead of Jim and I expected his Porsche and the others to be strong at this track," Bowe said.
"But with good work from the PHR Scuderia team we've managed to add another 30 points to the buffer. I hope we can maintain it, but it's still too close for comfort between me, Jim and Geoff Morgan."
With Morgan scoring three second places in his Chrysler Viper and Richards three thirds aboard a Porsche GT3 Cup coupe, the day finished with Bowe on 905 points, Richards on 870 and Morgan on 866 - and the promise of a cracking fight to the end of the eight-round series.
Bowe also came away with the lap record, which he lowered successively in each of his three races.
The Nations Cup was the blue-ribbon event of a 20-race program in the PROCAR Champ Series that broke several records.
The entry of 143 cars in eight categories, including the Future Tourers V8 touring cars for the first time, was the biggest since the independent PROCAR Champ Series was launched at Wakefield Park last year.
The three-day crowd of 15,873 and Sunday figure of 10,864 were the biggest yet at Wakefield Park and the 422 vehicles that participated in a ute muster were a record for such events at PROCAR events.
Like Bowe, Sydney's Warren Luff in the V8 BRute Series also lowered the lap record three times in succession and extended his championship points lead.
Luff won two races in his Ford Falcon ute, after Damien White beat him to the flag in race one.
Gary MacDonald was the leading Holden competitor, scoring one third place and two fourths.
Today saw a change in leadership of the Australian GT Performance Championship, Geoff Full taking back first position from defending champion Brett Peters.
Usually one of the front-runners, Peters finished race one in 14th place after his Subaru Impreza suffered gearbox problems. Although the gearbox was replaced by race two, Peters was unable to fight his way back into a major position for the rest of the day.
Enjoying the benefit of pole position, local knowledge and new tyres from Japan, Subaru driver Wayne Boatwright won the first GT Performance race - his fifth victory in three seasons.
Boatwright finished second to Full in race two, but an engine failure while running second in race three robbed him of overall victory for the day.
Twenty-year-old Sydney driver David Russell drove his four-cylinder Proton to two victories in the Australian GT Production Car Championship races
The sixth round of the Nations Cup will be at Victoria's Phillip Island on 20-22 September, but before then the Nations Cup and GT Performance teams will compete in the 35th Sandown 500, which will be staged by PROCAR Australia at Sandown International Motor Raceway, Melbourne.