Cat Racing's John Bowe and Jim Richards will start tomorrow's Queensland 500 from position six after a strong run in qualifying today. Bowe was fourth fastest after the final qualifying session, earning a spot in the top ten run-off. The...
Cat Racing's John Bowe and Jim Richards will start tomorrow's Queensland 500 from position six after a strong run in qualifying today.
Bowe was fourth fastest after the final qualifying session, earning a spot in the top ten run-off.
The regular Cat Falcon pilot's attack on the shoot-out placed him in position six where he will start alongside Craig Lowndes.
"I had a small brake lock-up at the end of the back straight which cost me a bit of time," Bowe said.
"We probably could have been fourth or fifth, but in these long distance races, it doesn't make a great deal of difference.
"The secret tomorrow is going to be to keep out of trouble and have a good reliable run."
Bowe was pleased with the weekend's performance to date and is looking forward to teaming up with Richards tomorrow for the second running of the Queensland 500.
"The crew have worked pretty hard to improve the car over the weekend and I think we have a pretty good chance tomorrow," Bowe said.
"Jim has done a great job in the car all weekend and I am really looking forward to the race."
Holden driver Garth Tander took pole position in the shoot-out ahead of Russell Ingall and and V8 rookie David Besnard in the Falcon he is sharing with Tony Longhurst.
The remainder of the top ten included Paul Radisich, Lowndes, Bowe, Mark Larkham, Greg Murphy, Glenn Seton and Greg Crick.
In his first Cat Racing V8 Supercar Ford Falcon drive for the year, Richards is eagerly awaiting tomorrow's event.
"JB did a good job in the qualifying session and the overall balance of the car is really good," Richards said.
"I have had a couple of runs on full tanks and the car is very consistent, but we will have to wait and see what the tyre wear is like under race conditions.
"The field is pretty tough out there but I think we have a pretty good chance.
"There are lots of young blokes making their debuts this weekend, but I reckon an old head and cunning will beat youth and exuberance any day.
"We have some good strategies in place for tomorrow so we will have to wait and see how things pan out."
Tomorrow's 500km event kicks off at 12.00noon, local time. <pre> TOP TEN SHOOT-OUT 1. - Tander/Bargwanna (Holden) - 1:10.385 2. - Ingall/Perkins (Holden) - 1:10.450 3. - Longhurst/Besnard (Ford) - 1:10.529 4. - Radisich/McLean (Ford) - 1:10.657 5. - Lowndes/Skaife (Holden) - 1:10.723 6. - BOWE/RICHARDS (CAT FORD) - 1:10.820 7. - Larkham/Brabham (Ford) - 1:10.822 8. - Richards/Murphy (Holden) - 1:11.128 9. - Seton/Crompton (Ford) - 1:11.744 10. - Weel/Crick (Ford) - 1:11.895
TIMETABLE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 9.00 - V8 Warm-up 12.00 - Queensland 500