Cat Racing star John Bowe's round twelve V8 Supercar assault at Sandown was hindered by bad starts in two of the three sprint races today. Bowe finished 9th, 6th and 11th in the three races, with the first and last events made tough by ...
Cat Racing star John Bowe's round twelve V8 Supercar assault at Sandown was hindered by bad starts in two of the three sprint races today.
Bowe finished 9th, 6th and 11th in the three races, with the first and last events made tough by disappointing getaways off the start-line.
"The competition is very close out there and these races can be run and won in the race to the first corner," Bowe said.
"Unfortunately, I got two of the three wrong and a bad start at Sandown really hurts you because there is such a long run to the first corner.
"Once the race settled down, our race pace was not that much different to the cars at the sharp end of the pack, but it is so hard to pass out there.
"All the cars are extremely close and it highlights the fact as to how important it is to qualify well."
Ford driver Paul Radisich won the round ahead of youngster Steve Ellery and championship leader, Holden's Mark Skaife.
Bowe's qualifying attempt was hindered by traffic yesterday, and he was unable to get a good lap in at the end of the session as the damp circuit began to dry.
"Qualifying really hurt us. Look at Steve Ellery's performance - he got a good lap in at the end of qualifying and drove strongly to keep out of trouble and finish on the podium.
"He didn't pass a car all day, but if you start up the front and keep your nose clean, you can come away with a podium spot."
For 2001, the championship will be revamped with single lap shoot-outs introduced for qualifying and an emphasis on endurance races.
"Next year will certainly be very different and I am certainly looking forward to the longer races," Bowe said.
"A lot of the races next year will alsoinclude pit-stops and that brings a new dimension into the races.
Bowe and the Cat Racing team will now focus their attention to the championship ending FAI 1000 at Mount Panorama, Bathurst on November 19.
"We are running John Briggs' old EL Falcon at Indy next week, while our AU is prepared for Bathurst," Bowe said.
"This will enable us to have a red hot attack on the Gold Coast, without having to worry about bending our Bathurst race car.
"I am really confident we will have a very strong car at Bathurst." <pre> RACE ONE - 16 laps 1. - Radisich (Ford) - 19:31.524 2. - Lowndes (Holden) - 19:32.250 3. - Skaife (Holden) - 19:42.301 4. - Ellery (Ford) - 19:43.554 5. - Longhurst (Ford) - 19:44.440 9th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 19:49.300
RACE TWO - 16 laps 1. - Ellery (Ford) - 25:04.425 2. - Skaife (Holden) - 25:05.070 3. - Radisich (Ford) - 25:05.376 4. - Lowndes (Holden) - 25:05.979 5. - Larkham (Ford) - 25:07.900 6th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 25:08.257
RACE THREE - 16 laps 1. - Radisich (Ford) - 19:33.649 2. - Ellery (Ford) - 19:36.230 3. - Skaife (Holden) - 19:36.652 4. - Lowndes (Holden) - 19:37.219 5. - Larkham (Ford) - 19:37.903 11th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 19:47.442
-Paul Ryan -