Cat Racing star John Bowe is eagerly awaiting the start of the endurance races in two weeks after enduring a run of bad luck at Oran Park Raceway this weekend.

Bowe fought his way from 17th on the grid to 11th in the opening race and improved even further to 8th in race two.

Despite high hopes for the final race, Bowe was caught out wide in the opening turn and was pushed off the circuit on the first lap after a number of cars touched heavily.

The Tasmanian driver then began an outstanding charge from the back of the field to finish 13th at the conclusion of the event - and 9th overall for the day.

"Our luck has been missing since we climbed the podium at Calder Park, so we now have our fingers crossed that our fortunes will change," Bowe said.

"The three races leading up to Calder were fantastic, and the three races since then have been not so good.

"With the level of competition, you have to have everything going for you.

"There is no use getting upset, you just have to put your head down and work harder on getting a result."

Rising gearbox temperatures towards the conclusion of the final race also hindered Bowe¹s chances.

Holden driver Mark Skaife completed a clean sweep on the day, winning all three races including the final event which was disrupted by a long safety car period after privateer Peter Doulman crashed heavily.

Bowe is looking forward to beginning a testing program at the team¹s new Brisbane base in preparation for the Queensland 500 on September 19.

"I really enjoy the long distance races and can¹t wait to join forces with Jim Richards for the Queensland 500," Bowe said.

"The guys are very excited about joining forces with our new team- owner John Briggs and we will begin a testing program very soon.

"The tactics involved in long distance racing bring a whole new element to the day and I am certain Jim will do a fantastic job in the car.

"Queensland Raceway was also very successful for us at the sprint round where we grabbed out first pole position and race victories.

"The chance to test the car there before the Queensland 500 will also be a huge bonus for our team because we know the car is fast at that track and I actually really like the circuit."

RACE ONE - 19 laps 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 23:51.953 2. - Lowndes (Holden) - 23:52.996 3. - Bright (Ford) - 23:53.690 4. - Ellery (Ford) - 23:55.938 5. - Tander (Holden) - 23:58.040 11. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 24:04.676

RACE TWO - 20 laps 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 26:01.523 2. - Lowndes (Holden) - 26:02.385 3. - Bright (Ford) - 26:02.857 4. - Tander (Holden) - 26:03.333 5. - Radisich (Ford) - 26:09.059 8. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 24:04.676

RACE THREE - 22 laps 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 34:27.502 2. - Lowndes (Holden) - 34:27.757 3. - Bright (Ford) - 34:28.433 4. - Tander (Holden) - 34:28.837 5. - Radisich (Ford) - 34:29.987 13. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 34:40.390


Paul Ryan,