Cat Racing V8 Supercar Shell Championship Series Raceday Â Round Ten Â Winton Sunday, 9th September 2001 Tough Day For Bowe Despite Strong Speed At Winton First corner dramas in both races caused a tough day at Winton for John Bowe and the...
V8 Supercar Shell Championship Series
Raceday Round Ten Winton
Sunday, 9th September 2001
Tough Day For Bowe Despite Strong Speed At Winton
First corner dramas in both races caused a tough day at Winton for John Bowe and the Cat Racing V8 Supercar team.
Bowe made a strong start in the opening race but suffered bent steering at the first corner after Tony Longhurst struck Cameron McLean - causing a chain-reaction collision.
Despite the problem, Bowe pressed on strongly only to be spun by Garth Tander with four laps remaining.
The race was subsequently red-flagged as marshals retrieved stricken cars off the circuit.
Bowe lined up the repaired Falcon in 19th for the second race, only to again hit trouble at the first turn - this time spinning to avoid another spun car. After dropping to 32nd, Bowe began a comeback charge which eventually lifted him to 13th at the race end.
"I obviously disappointed, but the car showed good speed in the second race and I was able to fight hard to get past quite a few cars," Bowe said.
"There is still a lot of lunacy going on out there and it was just a pity we got caught up in it.
"The first race was very tough because the steering wheel was tilted over and the front suspension was toed-out quite badly."
Bowe's comeback charge in the second race earned him the second fastest lap of the day - a time which broke the old lap record early in the event.
The Briggs Motorsport squad will turn its attention to the V8 Supercar 1000 at Mount Panorama, Bathurst on October 4-7.
"I am really looking forward to Bathurst because despite the fact we had a rough day today, I believe we have a really strong package for Mount Panorama," Bowe said.
"Simon (Wills) did a great job with me at the Queensland 500 and I think our car should be very strong.
"Anything can happen at Bathurst and the race is very tough to win, but the whole team is really fired up to get a good result."
RACE ONE - 28 laps
1. - Murphy (Holden) - 45:02.140
2. - Ingall (Holden) - 45:03.057
3. - Skaife (Holden) - 45:03.889
4. - Bright (Holden) - 45:04.790
5. - Ambrose (Ford) - 45:05.344
6. - Morris (Holden) - 45:05.932
19th BOWE (CAT FORD) - 45:25.404
RACE TWO - 32 laps
1. - Ingall (Holden) - 48:54.084
2. - Skaife (Holden) - 48:54.900
3. - Ambrose (Ford) - 48:55.327
4. - Bright (Holden) - 48:57.350
5. - Radisich (Ford) - 49:02.952
6. - Murphy (Holden) - 49:06.560 #13th BOWE (CAT FORD) - 49:16.330