In the first V8 Supercar sprint race of the season, Cat Racing's John Bowe finished 13th at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth today. In an incredibly tight field, Bowe qualified 15th fastest - only .46 of a second off pole position, and only .11 from...
In the first V8 Supercar sprint race of the season, Cat Racing's John Bowe finished 13th at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth today.
In an incredibly tight field, Bowe qualified 15th fastest - only .46 of a second off pole position, and only .11 from the top ten.
In the 20-lap opening race, Bowe drove consistently to finish 13th after dropping to 16th at the first corner.
Bowe passed local star Garth Tander and youngster Paul Weel during the event and gained another spot when Larry Perkins ran off at Cat Corner to finish in the sand-trap.
"I was disappointed with qualifying, because it is very hard to pass around here and it is quite tough to come from that far back in the pack," Bowe said.
"We only needed a couple of tenths to put us right towards the front, but finding time here is very difficult.
"The positive aspect of the race is the tyres held on longer than I expected and our times at the finish were as good as anybody on the track except for the winner.
"The tyre still goes away very badly after a couple of laps, but everyone else is in the same position."
Ford driver Paul Radisich won the first of three sprint races for the weekend ahead of Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall.
The remaining two sprint races of the weekend will be staged tomorrow.
"This track has the most abrasive surface in the country because there is so much sand everywhere," Bowe said.
"The secret tomorrow will be to try to keep out of trouble because I am sure there will be a lot of people out there with tyre trouble.
"We threw a lot of changes at the car during qualifying but couldn't find that extra bit of speed we needed.
"We now have to press on tomorrow - keep out of trouble -and make sure we finish all three races for the weekend."
RACE ONE 1. - Radisich (Ford) - 19:54.387 2. - Skaife (Holden) - 20:07.108 3. - Ingall (Holden) - 20:07.911 4. - Seton (Ford) - 20:12.980 5. - Murphy (Holden) - 20:14.214 6. - Lowndes (Ford) - 20:15.762 7. - Kelly (Holden) - 20:17.638 8. - Morris (Holden) - 20:21.930 9. - Johnson (Ford) - 20:22.116 10. - Bright (Holden) - 20:22.449 13. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 20:24.442
PROGRAM SUNDAY, JUNE 24 8.30am - Warm-up 11.00am - Race Two - 20 Laps 1.00pm - Race Three - 20 Laps