Bowe, Morgan share front grid row at Wakefield. JOHN Bowe retained the honours for Ferrari and Italy in a blow-for-blow qualifying battle with the American Chrysler Viper of Geoff Morgan in round six of the Australian Nations Cup Championship at...
Bowe, Morgan share front grid row at Wakefield.
JOHN Bowe retained the honours for Ferrari and Italy in a blow-for-blow qualifying battle with the American Chrysler Viper of Geoff Morgan in round six of the Australian Nations Cup Championship at Wakefield Park, Goulburn, today.
With an eight-litre engine at his disposal more than twice the size of Bowe's Ferrari 360 GT, Morgan held the provisional pole position five times during a 20-minute session to set the starting order for the first of three races to be run tomorrow.
Porsche drivers Kevin Bell and Peter Fitzgerald also had a brief taste of the lead, but the veteran Bowe responded twice to Morgan, the last time setting the mark at 59.86 seconds - an average speed of 132 kmh - to claim the pole by seven-hundredths of a second.
Jim Richards, the closest rival for Bowe's lead in the eight-round series for exotic sports cars, finished third in a Porsche, ahead of Paul Stokell in a Lamborghi Diablo.
While Morgan was looking forward to the benefits of a new, more durable rear tyre for the races, Stokell said performance-parity restrictions imposed by organisers on his V12-engined Lamborghini had slowed it too much to be competitive on the tight Wakefield circuit.
Among the seven other categories competing this weekend in the PROCAR Champ Series event, Wayne Boatwright scored his first pole position of the season, driving a Subaru Impreza STi in the GT Performance Championship.
The session was hotly-contested, with the first 13 cars covered by only one second.
Warren Luff, in a Ford Falcon XR8, topped the V8 Brutes qualifying but drew only eighth in a later ballot for starting positions. Scott Loadsman, in a Commodore SS, claimed pole position for the first of two GT Production Car races tomorrow.
Today's program also saw the first race at a PROCAR round for V8-engined Future Tourer touring cars. Sydney's Terry Bosnjak, in a Magna, had a convincing win over 15 other starters.
Tomorrow's schedule features 17 races, two aerobatic shows by the RAAF Roulettes and a ute muster for several hundred road utes.