A stunning drive from the rear of the grid followed by a tough defensive effort marked the highlights of John Bowe's V8 Supercar attack at the Calder Park round in Melbourne today. Bowe's day however, got off to a bad start when he was hit by ...
A stunning drive from the rear of the grid followed by a tough defensive effort marked the highlights of John Bowe's V8 Supercar attack at the Calder Park round in Melbourne today.
Bowe's day however, got off to a bad start when he was hit by Holden driver Todd Kelly at the end of race one.
Bowe was in 14th place with two laps to go when he was pushed off the road at the end of the main straight. Race officials however, deemed Bowe to be the cause of the accident, despite the fact he was in front of Kelly.
"I have to accept the umpire's decision because there is nothing I could do about it, but after the incident I found the behaviour of the HRT team manager, Jeff Grech, like an excited father at a mini-league game - plenty of abuse," Bowe said.
"There is no place in professional motorsport for that kind of thing. I really would have expected better from the category's leading team."
Forced to start from the rear of the grid in position 35 for race two, Bowe charged through the field to finish in 15th place - passing twenty cars in the process.
He completed the day with a gritty drive to 12th place, holding Kelly at bay for much of the 21 lap journey.
Holden driver Steven Richards was the overall winner on the day ahead of Paul Radisich and Garth Tander.
"Had we not been pushed off the road in the first race, we probably could have ended up with a reasonable result," Bowe said.
"We chased oversteer during the day and got the car better and better for each race.
"Having to start from scratch again at the back of the grid meant we ended up back where we started in 15th. We had hoped for better because this is a 'race' for Caterpillar."
Bowe now has his sights set on the forthcoming Queensland 500 where he will team up with Bathurst legend, Jim Richards.
"We have made a lot of changes to the car but we haven't had the chance to test so I am looking forward to putting some miles on the car," Bowe said.
"Jim Richards is the perfect co-driver for that kind of race because he is so experienced and very professional.
"We were only 5/10ths of a second form pole here, but way the class is, we have to be closer to ensure we start at the sharp end of the grid."
<pre> RACE ONE - 21 laps 1. - Radisich (Ford) - 20:17.543 2. - Skaife (Holden) - 20:18.408 3. - Lowndes (Holden) - 20:18.592 4. - Richards (Holden) - 20:19.297 5. - Tander (Holden) - 20:20.301 21st - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 20:51.712
RACE TWO - 21 laps 1. - Larkham (Ford) - 20:15.742 2. - Richards (Holden) - 20:16.107 3. - Tander (Holden) - 20:19.855 4. - Lowndes (Holden) - 20:21.460 5. - Skaife (Holden) - 20:22.005 15th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 20:38.749
RACE THREE - 21 laps 1. - Richards (Holden) - 20:16.648 2. - Radisich (Ford) - 20:18.583 3. - Tander (Holden) - 20:25.063 4. - Larkham (Ford) - 20:.27.956 5. - Skaife (Holden) - 20:28.612 12th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 20:42.637