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CAT RACING V8 SUPERCAR - SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PREVIEW - ROUND TEN, WINTON John Bowe is set to return to the scene of his first ever touring car victory when the Cat Racing Ford Falcon AU V8 Supercar hits the track at Winton Motor Raceway...

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V8 SUPERCAR - SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PREVIEW - ROUND TEN, WINTON

John Bowe is set to return to the scene of his first ever touring car victory when the Cat Racing Ford Falcon AU V8 Supercar hits the track at Winton Motor Raceway for round Ten of the Shell Championship Series next weekend.

Winton has been a happy hunting ground for the Tasmanian. He has added two more victories in the past three years at the rural Victorian circuit where handling, rather than horsepower, is the key to success.

Bowe recovered from a disappointing qualifying and opening race at the last round of the championship in Tasmania to finish 6th on the day.

The ability to get the car to the finish line is also a key element to success according to Bowe.

"We weren¹t on the pace at Symmons Plains, but by making sure we were still on track at the finish, the end result wasn¹t too bad," Bowe said.

"The minute you finish up in the sand-trap, your chance for points is destroyed.

"Winton should be a circuit which should suit us. It will still be a while before the benefits of our engine program begin to show up, but our car tends to work very well on smooth circuits.

"With the level of competition at the moment, you never know if you are going to be quick enough until you hit the track."

Bowe believes the level of competition in the V8 Supercar category has risen to become some of the closest motorsport action in the world.

"Everybody reckons the CART champ car series in the U.S. is some of the closest racing in the world but there was two seconds between pole position and 20th at Detroit last week - but there has only been one second between 1st and 20th in V8s in the past two meetings.

"Last weekend we were only 4/10ths of a second off pole position. In the old days we would have been smiling because we would have been in the first couple of rows - this time we were 12th!"

With his past success at Winton, Bowe is eagerly awaiting the chance to again compete at the rural Victorian circuit.

"Queensland Raceway showed how much our car likes smooth circuits ," Bowe said.

"I also really like the Winton track, especially since it was extended a couple of years ago. I¹ve got my fingers crossed that we could have a strong weekend.

WINTON RECORD:

1993 Ford Falcon EB Grid: 3rd (3rd) - Heat 1: DSQ Heat 2: 7th ROUND: 8th

1994 Ford Falcon EB Grid: 9th Heat 1: 5th Heat 2: 6th ROUND: 6th

1995 Ford Falcon EF Grid: Pole Heat 1: 1st Heat 2: 1st ROUND: 1st

1997 Ford Falcon EL Grid: 9th Heat 1: 5th Heat 2: 5th Heat 3: 4th ROUND: 4th

1998 Ford Falcon EL Grid: 2nd Heat 1: 2nd Heat 2: 1st Heat 3: 1st ROUND: 1st

CALENDAR: September 3-5: Oran Park September 17-19: Queensland 500

POINTS: 1 - Lowndes - 1146 3 - Skaife - 1106 2 - Seton - 1086 5 - Ingall - 1056 4 - Bright - 1010 6 - Tander - 946 7 - Murphy - 852 8 - Bowe - 846 9 - Longhurst - 716 10 - Bargwanna ­ 690

Paul Ryan paulryan@camtech.net.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Ryan Paul , John Bowe
Teams AT Racing