Cat Racing's attack on round two of the V8 Championship Series suffered a set-back in the opening race today when John Bowe suffered a power steering failure. After qualifying in 12th place, Bowe had held his position for the opening six laps...
Cat Racing's attack on round two of the V8 Championship Series suffered a set-back in the opening race today when John Bowe suffered a power steering failure.
After qualifying in 12th place, Bowe had held his position for the opening six laps before a ruptured power steering hose sent him into the pits.
After inspection by the Cat crew, Bowe headed back out onto the track, only to return after four laps - electing to save on tyre wear in preparation for the final two races tomorrow.
"The car was drivable with no power steering, but you had to have arms like Hercules," Bowe said.
"Initially I thought I had a flat tyre, but a power steering hose burst.
"Our plan was to try to nurse the tyres in the opening half of the race, before pushing harder towards the end when tyre wear became a problem for the opposition.
"I could have kept circulating, but we were already a lap down and there was not a lot of point in wearing out a set of tyres when we would have still had to start from position 32 on the grid tomorrow."
While disappointed with the race, Bowe is hopeful of being able to salvage a result from the weekend.
"Things are tough for us now, but there is no use moaning about," Bowe said.
"In theory, we still have a reasonably fresh set of tyres up our sleeve, whereas the opposition has already used up a set.
"On a track like this, tyre wear is a key factor in your success.
"Hopefully, the field will start to come back to us, but fighting your way from the rear of the grid will still be very tough."
Prior to the power steering failure, Bowe was pleased with the improved car set-up.
"We developed understeer with the hotter track conditions in qualifying which cost us a few spots on the grid," Bowe said.
"The car felt better in the race, but unfortunately we didn't get to see whether our tyre preservation strategy was going to work."