Cat Racing's John Bowe battled an engine misfire on the streets of Surfers Paradise at the Honda Indy 300 today in a one-off outing in aboard an EL Falcon. With Bathurst only a few weeks away on November 19, the team elected to prepare the EL ...
Cat Racing's John Bowe battled an engine misfire on the streets of Surfers Paradise at the Honda Indy 300 today in a one-off outing in aboard an EL Falcon.
With Bathurst only a few weeks away on November 19, the team elected to prepare the EL Falcon which was previously raced by team-owner John Briggs.
The Indy weekend has resembled a demolition derby for V8 Supercars in recent years.
With this in mind, Cat Racing has kept their Bathurst AU Falcon under wraps for the weekend, while waving the flag with the older model EL.
"It was pretty frustrating today because we had a misfire which didn't allow us to fully explore the potential of this car," Bowe said.
"We knew the weekend was going to be tough, but with the gap between here and Bathurst, it would be far too big a risk for our team to run the current car.
"Plans are underway for a new car for next year, but there is no way it could be built in four weeks prior to Bathurst.
"At the moment, we are also losing a bit of time under brakes, but the boys are working hard to try to improve the car for qualifying tomorrow."
Bowe is no stranger to success on the streets of Surfers' Paradise, having won here in 1994 and 1996.
"Surfers' Paradise is a true street circuit but it provides a unique challenge because there is little or no run-off areas and if you do leave the road, you are going to do a lot of damage," Bowe said.
"With that in mind, you have to leave yourself a small margin for error.
"I was able to do that in 1994 and 1996, but got it wrong in 1998 when I crashed in qualifying and didn't get to race. In many ways, the circuit can be quite dangerous."
Bowe is hopeful of improving his position in tomorrow's single qualifying session.
"The EL we are running this weekend is really a four year old car which makes things pretty tough for us," Bowe said.
"But despite that, it would still make a very good car for the V8 Lites championship.
"We just have to put our head down and do the best job we can this weekend and try to keep our nose clean.
"If the last couple of years is anything to go by, we could be very pleased by Sunday night that our Bathurst car was safe at home in the workshop this weekend."
<pre> PRACTICE SESSION 1 1. - Lowndes (Holden) - 1:54.651 2. - Skaife (Holden) - 1:54.991 3. - Ingall (Holden) - 1:55.231 4. - Ellery (Ford) - 1:55.530 5. - Tander (Holden) - 1:55.542 23rd BOWE (CAT FALCON EL) - 1:59.151
PRACTICE SESSION 2 1. - Lowndes (Holden) - 1:53.777 2. - Skaife (Holden) - 1:53.805 3. - Johnson (Ford) - 1:53.879 4. - Ingall (Holden) - 1:54.108 5. - Radisich (Ford) - 1:54.109 21st BOWE (CAT FALCON EL) - 1:57.131
TIMETABLE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12th 12:15pm - Qualifying - 30 mins 4.30pm - Top Ten Shoot-out