TOURING car ace John Bowe put in a polished drive aboard his Ford Mustang Cobra RA today to narrowly claim pole position for round seven of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship at the Surfers Paradise Indy street ...
TOURING car ace John Bowe put in a polished drive aboard his Ford Mustang Cobra RA today to narrowly claim pole position for round seven of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship at the Surfers Paradise Indy street circuit.
Bowe topped the timesheets with a lap of 2 minutes 09.61 seconds around the 4.5 km track, just 0.12 seconds ahead of second-fastest Mark King, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V.
However, qualifying dealt a blow for series leader Brett Peters, who is hoping to clinch the title this weekend. After gearbox failure prevented a competitive time today, Peters will start his Subaru from the rear of the grid with almost no hope of winning tomorrow's first of two races in the GT Performance division.
The front row of the starting grid will present a classic confrontation between Bowe's American V8-engined Mustang and the turbocharged four-cylinder, all-wheel drive Japanese Mitsubishi driven by King.
Two 400-horsepower Holden Commodore GTS sedans, driven by Philip Polites and Peter Floyd, will start from the second row.
"The drag race off the line is going to be interesting - my Mustang has plenty of power, but the gear changes need to be taken carefully and this has cost me position in the past," Bowe said.
"If Mark gets away well and those two Holdens latch on to the back of my Ford, I'm going to have to work hard to get a win in just six laps."
Melbourne's David Wood, in a Honda S2000, beat drivers of several more powerful cars to claim an impressive sixth in qualifying. Nathan Thomas, in a Honda Integra, was fastest in the Hippies Sports Touring class.
RESULTS (Qualifying), GT Performance:
1. John Bowe (Ford Mustang Cobra RA) 2 min. 09.61
2. Mark King (Mitsubishi Evo V) 2:09.73
3. Philip Polites (Holden Commodore GTS) 2:10.77
4. Peter Floyd (Holden Commodore GTS) 2:11.37
5. Graham Alexander (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V)) 2:11.76
6. David Wood (Honda S2000) 2:13.09
Poolrite High Performance: John Bowe
Hippies Sports Touring: Nathan Thomas (Honda Integra Type R) 2:19.32
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after qualifying): Outright & Poolrite High Performance class - 112 Brett Peters, 69 John Bowe, 67.5 Wayne Boatwright, 65.5 Graham Alexander, 65 Philip Polites, 64 Ed Aitken. Hippies Sports Touring: 137 Nathan Pilkington, 95 Nathan Thomas, 85 Anthony Robson.
TIMETABLE: Friday - 8.20 Race 1 (6 laps). Saturday - No event. Sunday - Race 2 (6 laps).