After the final race at the Australian Grand Prix today, John Bowe will now head for Western Australia for round two of the V8 Supercar championship next week with renewed confidence.
Bowe again started and finished in seventh place, but escaped a crash-fest in the final six lap dash of the weekend.
Leading contenders including Neil Crompton, Todd Kelly and Cameron McLean suffered severe damage and will face a race against time to prepare for next weekend¹s race.
The Cat squad made further suspension changes overnight, improving the Ford Falcon AU considerably.
With three of the six laps run under the safety car, Bowe did not have the opportunity to move through the field, but the Tasmanian was pleased with the transformation of the Cat Falcon.
"The car still did not put its power down that well but it was much better than the previous days," Bowe said.
"It felt much more stable in the rear and I was able to get back on the throttle much earlier. The changes we made put us back in the right direction.
"We have also spent a lot of time formatting our set-up for next weekend and I am hopeful we are back on the right track."
The final race of the weekend was won by Holden driver Mark Skaife ahead of Paul Radisich and Garth Tander.
The Cat Racing transporter is now being packed in preparation for the 3,500km trek to WA across the Nullabor Plains.
"I am pleased to enter next weekend at Barbagallo with a straight car, particularly with points up for grabs next weekend," Bowe said.
"With such a short race today, I was surprised that some of the guys charged too hard and started swapping paint.
"We set our fastest race lap of the weekend today, so we are certainly moving in the right direction."
<pre> RESULTS - 6 LAPS 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 17:53.312 2. - Radisich (Ford) - 17:54.155 3. - Tander (Holden) - 17:54.688 4. - Lowndes (Holden) - 17:55.143 5. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 17:55.272 6. - Perkins (Holden) - 17:55.663 7. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 17:56.743 8. - Faulkner (Holden) - 17:57.385 9. - Morris (Holden) - 18:01.508 10. - Longhurst (Ford) - 18:02.991
CALENDAR: March 18-19 Barbagallo Raceway (Perth)