Cat Racing star John Bowe's chances of stealing a podium position at Winton Motor Raceway were dashed after a clash with Garth Tander in the final event. Bowe had made strong progress in the opening two races, finishing 9th in race one...
Cat Racing star John Bowe's chances of stealing a podium position at Winton Motor Raceway were dashed after a clash with Garth Tander in the final event.
Bowe had made strong progress in the opening two races, finishing 9th in race one despite a throttle problem and improving in race two to finish 7th.
He was on the charge in the final race challenging strongly on lap two when he dodged the carnage at the front of the field when Glen Seton spun coming onto the pit straight.
Seton, Lowndes, Greg Murphy and Tander were delayed, allowing Bowe to make a run on Tander for third spot.
Despite moving well up the inside of Tander at the chicane, Tander turned in on Bowe, sending both cars off into the muddy infield.
"The race officials tell us if we are past the rear door of the car in front, it is our corner," Bowe said.
"I was definitely well inside Garth but he obviously had other ideas.
"It wrecked the race for both of us and instead of challenging for the podium, we ended up in the mud."
Bowe's car became bogged in the damp Winton infield, forcing him out of the final event.
"It is really disappointing because we had such a strong run throughout the day," Bowe said.
"We didn't qualify as strongly as we would have liked, but I had managed to keep my nose out of trouble.
"Our car speed in the race was quite strong and we were looking good for a very impressive result."
Holden driver Jason Bargwanna won the final event and was first for the day ahead of Ford drivers Paul Radisich and Glen Seton.
Despite the disappointment, Bowe is looking forward to the next round of the series at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway in two weeks.
"A lot of guys got carved up today including Skaife, Ingall, Longhurst, Jones and Perkins," Bowe said.
"Bargwanna certainly didn't have the fastest car on the day, but he managed to keep out of trouble.
"That is half the battle, it is a very fine line between being too cautious and being aggressive.
"Some of the driving out there leaves a lot to be desired but I am looking forward to Oran Park because we are starting to make some good progress with the car.
"Our luck stayed with us for two races, we just need a complete day like Bargs had today." <pre> RACE ONE - 17 laps 1. - Tander (Holden) - 31:53.821 2. - Seton (Ford) - 31:55.078 3. - Crompton (Ford) - 31:56.563 4. - Lowndes (Holden) - 31:56.826 5. - Murphy (Holden) - 31:57.999 9th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 32:02.485
RACE TWO - 17 laps 1. - Seton (Ford) - 26:37.828 2. - Tander (Holden) - 26:38.569 3. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 26:39.364 4. - Murphy (Holden) - 26:41.502 5. - Lowndes (Holden) - 26:42.173 7th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 26:46.157
RACE THREE - 17 laps 1. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 29:26.410 2. - Radisich (Ford) - 29:26.578 3. - Skaife (Holden) - 29:28.123 4. - Longhurst (Ford) - 29:31.315 5. - Baird (Ford) - 29:33.510 DNF - BOWE (CAT FORD)