Cat Racing star John Bowe pulled out two stunning drives today to finish the GMC 400 in fourth spot overall at Canberra. Bowe charged from 18th on the grid to finish 5th in the reverse grid 25 lap opening race today and backed that up with 5th...
Cat Racing star John Bowe pulled out two stunning drives today to finish the GMC 400 in fourth spot overall at Canberra.
Bowe charged from 18th on the grid to finish 5th in the reverse grid 25 lap opening race today and backed that up with 5th place in the 50 lap final this afternoon.
The three results of 10th, 5th and 5th gave him 4th place overall for the weekend, just missing a spot on the podium.
"If somebody had told me on Friday night we would have almost been on the podium, I would have laughed because we were in big trouble back on 18th on the grid," Bowe said.
"The guys at Briggs Motorsport really put their head down and worked very hard over the weekend to pull out this result.
"We improved the car after every session and our pit stops and tactics worked really well.
"This is the second time we have got fourth place with the new car, so I am really happy with the way things are heading."
Fellow Ford driver and ex-protege of Bowe, Steven Johnson, won the weekend overall.
After Johnson won the opening race yesterday, today's events were taken out by Steven Richards (reverse grid 25 lap) and Mark Skaife (50 lap final).
"This event is very hard on the machinery, but the Cat car was very consistent in the 50 lap final," Bowe said.
"You have to be very careful on the throttle because you can fry the tyres very easily around here.
"We were able to maintain a good pace throughout the race and luckily, I was able to keep out of trouble."
Bowe and the Cat team will now prepare for the next round of the championship at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth in two weeks.
"We have shown this car is very strong and I am really looking forward to heading back to Perth," Bowe said.
"The team has made great progress with this car, but we can improve even further."
<pre> 25 laps Reverse Grid 1. - Richards (Ford) - 50:49.936 2. - Ambrose (Ford) - 50:50.476 3. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 50:50.599 4. - Radisich (Ford) - 50:51.085 5. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 50:51.505 6. - Lowndes (Ford) - 50:53.103
50 lap Final 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 1:36:27.535 2. - Tander (Holden) - 1:36:35.238 3. - Johnson (Ford) - 1:36:35.807 4. - Bright (Ford) - 1:36:36.380 5. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 1:36:36.739 6. - Ellery (Ford) - 1:36:39.355
CALENDAR June 23-24 - Barbagallo (WA) July 14-15 - Calder Park (Vic) July 28-29 - Oran Park (NSW)