In the seventh and eighth round of the Zetec Championship Bowles would be looking to make up some ground in the championship on point leader Bobby Wilson. Bowles had never been to the famed Mosport circuit but was confident he could get up to...
In the seventh and eighth round of the Zetec Championship Bowles would be looking to make up some ground in the championship on point leader Bobby Wilson. Bowles had never been to the famed Mosport circuit but was confident he could get up to speed on the tough high-speed road course.
At the conclusion for Thursdays test day Bowles had gotten comfortable with the track and was continuing to improve on the cars setup. Bowles knew he had to improve in some areas but he was confident he could put the car in the top five in Fridays qualifying. In the first qualifying session Jasonâ^À^Ùs car was not handling to his liking and he was only able to put in a time good enough for the fifth position. After going back to the pit and debriefing with the engineer they were able to come up with a plan of what to do to improve the car's handling. It showed in second round qualifying when Jason was able to put the car third on the grid for Sundayâ^À^Ùs race.
At the start of race one Bowles was able to slide into the fifth position right behind point leader Bobby Wilson. On lap two Jason was able to move into the fourth position when the leader spun coming out of turn two. After a brief yellow flag, the field took the green again and immediately Jason went to work on Wilson and was able to get by successfully. After passing Wilson he was closing in on first and second when the alternator belt started to slip. Shortly after the belt loosened up the battery went dead and caused the motor to shut off, ending Jason's fight. "Unfortunately I did not need a DNF today I had a good chance to make up some points, but this kind of stuff happens and we will come back and try to get them tomorrow." Bowles said.
At the start of race two Bowles slipped back to the fourth position after starting third. At the conclusion of the second lap Bowles was able to move into the third position, after moving into third he proceeded to close in on the leaders. Once Bowles had caught the lead pack he tried several times to get by into the second position but was not able to do so with his car slowly fading after the right front tire started to come apart. Bowles was able to hang onto third and score some valuable points, ending the weekend only five points out of the Championship lead. "I am much happier with todayâ^À^Ùs result, I think I had a car good enough to win but when the tire started to go I was just along for the ride."