Cat Racing's John Bowe faced a tough afternoon in qualifying for round seven of the Shell Championship Series for V8 Supercars at Calder Park in Melbourne today. After being 15th and 11th fastest in the opening two practice sessions,...
Cat Racing's John Bowe faced a tough afternoon in qualifying for round seven of the Shell Championship Series for V8 Supercars at Calder Park in Melbourne today.
After being 15th and 11th fastest in the opening two practice sessions, Bowe improved on new tyres during the qualifying session but could not do better than 17th.
Bowe was 15th at the end of the fastest 50% session, but lost two more spots when Mark Larkham, Garth Tander and David Besnard pulled out faster times from the slowest 50% qualifying session.
Bowe's time was only. 68 of a second from pole position.
"The car was better on new rubber but we are still struggling for traction coming onto the straight over the bumps," Bowe said.
"We have thrown a lot of changes at the car, but it breaks into oversteer if you get onto the power too early.
"There is a lot of time to be gained there because it is leading onto a long straight.
"It is very frustrating, but finding time around this circuit is very difficult."
Bowe's run on the second set of tyres was also interrupted when the session was red flagged.
"I had only completed one flying lap on the second set when Radisich went off and they stopped the session," Bowe said.
"We had another go after it restarted and went faster, but there was probably a little more time in it if the session wasn't stopped.
"However, I doubt whether there would have been enough time lost to break into the top ten."
Bowe and the Cat squad will now work overnight to try to find further improvement for tomorrow's three sprint races.
"Making ground tomorrow will be tough because there are limited passing opportunities around Calder Park," Bowe said.
"But we will be giving it all we have to try to move through the field. If we can we can keep out of trouble - it could make difference to our result." <pre>
TOP TEN SHOOT-OUT 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 56.227 2. - Johnson (Ford) - 56.290 3. - Morris (Holden) - 56.452 4. - Kelly (Holden) - 56.468 5. - Ambrose (Ford) - 56.518 6. - Larkham (Ford) - 56.566 7. - Ingall (Holden) - 56.639 8. - Lowndes (Ford) - 56.719 9. - Bright (Holden) - 56.782 10. - Murphy (Holden) - 57.232
QUALIFYING 18th BOWE (CAT FORD) - 56.437
PROGRAM SUNDAY, JULY 14 10.00am - Warm-up 11.30am - Race One - 21 Laps 1.30pm - Race Two - 21 Laps 3.30pm - Race Three - 21 Laps