V8 SUPERCAR SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PREVIEW Â HIDDEN VALLEY, DARWIN ISSUED: MONDAY, 15th MAY 2000 After leaping from 23rd to 8th in the points in the past two rounds, Cat Racing star John Bowe is aiming to continue the charge when the battle...
V8 SUPERCAR SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PREVIEW HIDDEN VALLEY, DARWIN ISSUED: MONDAY, 15th MAY 2000
After leaping from 23rd to 8th in the points in the past two rounds, Cat Racing star John Bowe is aiming to continue the charge when the battle for V8 Supercar supremacy resumes in Darwin next weekend.
Bowe finished fourth in the past two rounds at Adelaide and Eastern Creek and a repeat of his fourth place at Hidden Valley in Darwin last year would result in the Cat team making a further leap up the points standings.
"We had a pretty good run in Darwin last year and we are much better shape in the horsepower stakes this year," Bowe said.
"Our engine chief Alan Draper has made some strong gains in horsepower and torque and with the long straight at Darwin, this should be a big plus.
"The great unknown will be the new control tyre. We have data from last year, but we won't know exactly how the tyres will suit the track until the first practice session."
Bowe and the Cat Ford will do battle with the Holden teams who will race with a 100mm shorter front undertray - the result of the ruling of the Performance Review Committee.
"The Holden teams have complained about the ruling, but I don't think the PRC has gone far enough," Bowe said.
"If they were serious about evening up the competition, the PRC would have taken 200mm off the front undertray like they did to the Falcons in 1995 - that would have an effect on their speed."
With huge crowds flocking to the Hidden Valley circuit in the past two years, Bowe is looking forward to doing battle in front of the fanatical Northern Territory motorsport fans.
"The response to having the V8s in town has been amazing in the Top End," Bowe said.
"It is a real credit to the organisers. The improvements that have been made to the track are fantastic.
"It is a long way for everyone to travel, but the reception all the teams receive make it more than worthwhile. Everybody has a great time when we race in Darwin - a great result next weekend, will make the weekend even better." <pre> DARWIN RECORD: 1998 Ford Falcon EL Grid: 6th Heat 1: 7th Heat 2: DSQ Heat 3: 7th Round: 10th
1999 Ford Falcon AU Grid: 6th Heat 1: 10th Heat 2: 5th Heat 3: 3rd Round: 4th
POINTS: Skaife (Holden) 480 Tander (Holden) 476 Radisich (Ford) 395 Seton (Ford) 376 Lowndes (Holden) 319 Ingall (Holden) 312 Longhurst (Ford) 296 BOWE (FORD) 268 Johnson (Ford) 266 Murphy (Holden) 263