V8 SUPERCAR - SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PREVIEW - ROUND ELEVEN, ORAN PARK Cat Racing star John Bowe will be out to turn back the clock when the V8 Supercar Shell Championship Series visits SydneyÂ¹s Oran Park Raceway next weekend. Bowe earned...
V8 SUPERCAR - SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PREVIEW - ROUND ELEVEN, ORAN PARK
Cat Racing star John Bowe will be out to turn back the clock when the V8 Supercar Shell Championship Series visits Sydney¹s Oran Park Raceway next weekend.
Bowe earned his 1995 Australian Touring Car Championship title by dominating the final round of that year¹s series at Oran Park by claiming pole position and winning both races.
Four years later, Bowe is fully aware the increased level of competition will make repeating the dose very tough.
"The Championship has improved dramatically in recent years and you can¹t afford to put a foot wrong throughout the entire weekend," Bowe said.
"Qualifying well is vital and if you have an opening race like we did at Winton, it is very tough to come back."
Bowe was running sixth on lap two of the opening race at Winton when he and seven other key rivals slid off part of the circuit which was covered in mud from an earlier altercation between two back-markers.
While Bowe has pleasant memories of his championship winning day at Oran Park four years ago, the Sydney circuit has not been kind to him in recent years.
"I haven¹t had the best of luck there in the past couple of years, so hopefully we could be due for a change of fortune," Bowe said.
"You can¹t wait for good luck to come back, you have to work hard to make it happen and that is our target for this weekend.
"Oran Park is a tricky circuit to set up the car for because you have to have a car that is going to ride the kerbs well, is nice over the bumps and can handle the varied mix of slow and fast corners."
With the first endurance race only two weeks away at Queensland Raceway, Bowe is hoping for a clean weekend with minimal panel damage - a hope which may be forlorn.
"Oran Park has a lot of left hand corners leading into right hand turns, so you are constantly swapping from one side of the track to the other," Bowe said.
"That makes it very hard to pass but I am hoping the pack will be well behaved this weekend. We have had a couple of relatively clean races since Craig Lowndes Calder accident and I hope the trend will continue at Oran Park."
ORAN PARK RECORD:
1994 Ford Falcon EB Grid: 2nd Heat 1: 4th Heat 2: 6th ROUND: 4th
1995 Ford Falcon EF Grid: Pole Heat 1: 1st Heat 2: 1st ROUND: 1st\
1996 Ford Falcon EF Grid: 4th Heat 1: 5th Heat 2: 5th Heat 3: 5th ROUND: 5th
1997 Ford Falcon EL Grid: 7th Heat 1: 7th Heat 2: Retired Heat 3: DNS ROUND: 13th
1998 Ford Falcon EL Grid: 13th Heat 1: 16th Heat 2: 10th Heat 3: 9th ROUND: 10th
CALENDAR: September 3-5 - Oran Park September 17-19 - Queensland 500
POINTS: 1 - Lowndes - 1240 2 - Skaife - 1206 3 - Ingall - 1188 4 - Bright - 1144 5 - Seton - 1086 6 - Tander - 1080 7 - Bowe - 906 8 - Murphy - 896 9 - Bargwanna - 840 10 - Longhurst - 778
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