Cat Racing star John Bowe is looking for a change of fortune when the V8 Championship Series visits the streets of Adelaide next week for the Clipsal 500. Bowe has been the innocent victim on three occasions this year, punted off the road twice...
Cat Racing star John Bowe is looking for a change of fortune when the V8 Championship Series visits the streets of Adelaide next week for the Clipsal 500.
Bowe has been the innocent victim on three occasions this year, punted off the road twice at Phillip Island and again at Barbagallo at the last round.
While handling was the key to Cat Racing¹s success in 1999, this is the one area where Bowe believes the team needs to improve in 2000 to challenge for podium positions.
Bowe has previously tasted huge success in Adelaide, winning the last four Grand Prix touring car races held on the long circuit, and was unlucky not to win the opening race at last year¹s event.
"Adelaide has been very kind to me in the past, but we were pretty unlucky last year," Bowe said.
"We were sitting third at the last safety period and the two cars in front still had to make a final pitstop. Unfortunately, we picked up a fuel pressure problem which dropped us back through the field.
"Up to that point, we had played the strategy perfectly."
Bowe tested the Cat Falcon at Queensland Raceway on Monday to finalise a race set-up for the Adelaide event.
"Adelaide is very unique because it has a lot of second gear, 90 degree corners and it is vital that your car puts its power down well," Bowe said.
"You also need a car that is nice and supple that will ride the kerbs well, that is a secret to making up time around Adelaide.
"It is difficult to test for Adelaide at another circuits, but we set-up some witches hats at Queensland Raceway to turn some third gear corners into second gear corners.
"The big unknown factor will be the new control tyres. As we are only in our second year, we are only a level two team and haven¹t been given access to the new tyres.
"It certainly doesn¹t make for a very level playing field, but we simply have to do the best we can. Our car tends to be very hard on its tyres, so the new harder tyres may suit our car."
<pre> ADELAIDE RECORD: GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT 1992 Ford Sierra Grid: 3rd Heat 1: 2nd Heat 2: 2nd
1993 Ford Falcon EB Grid: 5th Heat 1: 6th Heat 2: 3rd
1994 Ford Falcon EB Grid: Pole Heat 1: 1st Heat 2: 1st
1995 Ford Falcon EB Grid: Pole Heat 1: 1st Heat 2: 1st
SHORT CIRCUIT 1999 Ford Falcon EL Grid: 11th Part 1: 11th Part 2: 15th
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