After a recent day of dramatic Darwin set-backs, Cat Racing star John Bowe has his sights set on bouncing back in the historic debut GMC 400 street race in Canberra next weekend. Prior to the last round in the Northern Territory, Bowe had made...
After a recent day of dramatic Darwin set-backs, Cat Racing star John Bowe has his sights set on bouncing back in the historic debut GMC 400 street race in Canberra next weekend.
Prior to the last round in the Northern Territory, Bowe had made a barnstorming charge up the points table and looked set to continue that run after qualifying third fastest.
Race day was a different matter, with the Cat Ford dropping onto six cylinders in the opening race, spoiling the Tasmanian's chances.
"I couldn't believe the amount of bad luck we had in Darwin, but hopefully we have put that all behind us now," Bowe said.
"The car was really strong before raceday but the engine problem dropped us back into the pack and we were eventually bashed, crashed and crunched out of the event.
"The positive aspect was that the car was really strong and I am confident we can turn the tables."
The unique Canberra format features two 25 laps heats, followed by a 50 lap final. The first heat is staged on Saturday, with the second event held as a reverse grid race on Sunday.
"The reverse grid will certainly be interesting for the fans, particularly on a street circuit with lots of concrete surrounding everyone," Bowe said.
"The combined points from the two races decide your grid position for the 50 lapper, so you can't hang around.
"The competition is very close in V8 Supercars at present. I certainly can't see the winner of the opening race charging through the entire field but we are going to see a few surprises."
With Canberra recently blanketed in snow, Bowe¹s exceptional wet weather skills combined with his renowned street circuit savvy could place him in good stead.
"Racing right on the doorstep of Parliament House is a tremendous boost for our category and I am really looking forward to the race," Bowe said.
"It is a new event for everybody, so you will not have much time to learn the circuit.
"Our car went very well on the street circuit in Adelaide and I am very confident we will be strong in Canberra."
<pre> POINTS: Skaife (Holden) - 596 Tander (Holden) - 584 Seton (Ford) - 476 Radisich (Ford) - 403 Ingall (Holden) - 360 Lowndes (Holden) - 355 Longhurst (Ford) - 352 Murphy (Holden) - 339 Larkham (Ford) - 328 Johnson (Ford) - 312 Baird (Ford) - 299 BOWE (Ford) - 272
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