Cat Racing star John Bowe remains confident of strong race results tomorrow despite a disappointing qualifying session which put him in 11th position at Queensland Raceway today.
Bowe was in the top five in the morning practice session but failed to improve when new tyres were bolted on for the 25 minute qualifying session.
Despite starting from the 6th row of the grid tomorrow, the Tasmanian believes his race package for tomorrow's three races will still place him in a strong position.
"Unfortunately, the car picked up some understeer on new tyres which was very disappointing," Bowe said.
"Understeer at this track can really hurt your time, particularly through turns one and two.
"We couldn't seem to get enough heat into the tyres on the warm-up laps.
"As a race car that is not too bad because the races are longer and you don't want the tyres to get too warm, too quickly, because you will have nothing left at the finish.
"The track conditions are very tricky here. The car was well placed in the morning practice, but where most of the other guys improved on new rubber - we didn't."
Bowe was in the top ten after contesting the first half of the qualifying session for the fastest 50% of cars. Larry Perkins' Commodore recorded a faster time in the second session to push Bowe to 11th. Craig Lowndes took pole position ahead of Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall.
While disappointed with the result, Bowe remains confident of a good performance tomorrow.
"Last year we finished the first race here in 11th, but came back to win the final race," Bowe said.
"It certainly would have been better to qualify higher up because there is always less chance of being caught up in any drama if you are further towards the front.
"The car still feels really strong and I feel we should have a consistent car all day.
"The conditions here have changed dramatically over the past 12 months but it is still difficult to fine tune the car.
"The track conditions change all the time, but you just have be on the ball and make sure your car is nice and supple."
<pre> QUALIFYING 1. - Lowndes (Holden) - 1:10.131 2. - Skaife (Holden) - 1:10.221 3. - Ingall (Holden) - 1:10.272 4. - Larkham (Ford) - 1:10.276 5. - Longhurst (Ford) - 1:10.352 6. - Baird (Ford) - 1:10.797 7. - Perkins (Holden) - 1:10.863 8. - Radisich (Ford) - 1:10.911 9. - Seton (Ford) - 1:10.950 10. - Richards (Holden) - 1:10.960 11. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 1:11.012
TIMETABLE: SUNDAY, JULY 2 9.30am - Warm-up 11.30am - Race One - 20 laps 1.30pm - Race Two - 20 laps 3.30pm - Race Three - 20 laps
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