V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE TWO - AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX ISSUED: SATURDAY, 11th MARCH 2000 BOWE CONTINUES THE BATTLE IN GRAND PRIX V8 SHOOT-OUT Cat Racing's John Bowe battled on to finish seventh in the weekend's second race at the ...
V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE TWO - AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX ISSUED: SATURDAY, 11th MARCH 2000
BOWE CONTINUES THE BATTLE IN GRAND PRIX V8 SHOOT-OUT
Cat Racing's John Bowe battled on to finish seventh in the weekend's second race at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park today.
After starting from seven on the grid, Bowe entered the race with a considerably changed racecar after suffering handling problems in the previous two days.
While the car was improved from yesterday's second race, Bowe still had to deal with oversteer around the Grand Prix circuit.
"The car was much better from yesterday but we still didn't have the mid- corner speed required to chase down the leading bunch," Bowe said.
"It was still very difficult to jump on the throttle mid-way through the turns because the rear of the car wanted to step out.
"You can't drive these cars with big handfuls of opposite lock because it destroys the tires. The car was much better than yesterday, but you have to keep fighting on."
The Tasmanian star endured a race long battle with fellow Ford Falcon AU drivers Mark Larkham, Steven Johnson and Tony Longhurst.
"If the car is not right, you have to put your head down the do the best you can," Bowe said.
"I played around with the adjustable anti-roll bars and improved the car slightly, but the left rear tyre starts to go off after a few laps round here.
"The important thing is to make sure you are still there at the finish - there is no point in trying too hard, overdriving the car and finishing up in the sand trap."
The Cat Racing team engineering staff will now work on further changes for the final race tomorrow before preparing for the second round of the championship in Perth next week.
"The secret tomorrow will be to try a couple of suspension changes and make sure the car is straight for Barbagallo Raceway next weekend," Bowe said
"There are championship points up for grabs next weekend so it is important we have a nice straight car ready to do battle."
RESULTS - 10 LAPS 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 20:21.273 2. - Radisich (Ford) - 20:24.005 3. - Tander (Holden) - 20:26.241 4. - Perkins (Holden) - 20:28.180 5. - Lowndes (Holden) - 20:35.847 6. - Larkham (Ford) - 20:36.691 7. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 20:27.789 8. - Longhurst (Ford) - 20:38.449 9. - Richards (Holden) - 20:38.776 10. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 20:44.714
TIMETABLE: Sunday March 12 12.15 - Race Three - 6 laps