Dramatic Darwin leaves John Bowe with battered race car

Cat Racing star John Bowe has his sights set on re-launching his championship chase in Canberra after leaving Darwin with a battered racecar today. After qualifying third fastest yesterday, Bowe's luck deserted the Cat team in the first race...

Cat Racing star John Bowe has his sights set on re-launching his championship chase in Canberra after leaving Darwin with a battered racecar today.

After qualifying third fastest yesterday, Bowe's luck deserted the Cat team in the first race when the car only ran on six cylinders throughout the event.

After finishing 21st, the team discovered and subsequently rectified a fuel injector problem but Bowe suffered a mid race spin in race two, hindering his progress.

He eventually finished 18th but looked set to make amends in the final race when he made a blistering start. Bowe charged up to 14th into turn one - only to exit the corner with severe damage to the front, rear and left-hand-side of the car.

"Somebody hit me in the back which launched me into Jason Bargwanna and then I got attacked on the left hand side as well," Bowe said.

"I started to wonder whether there was a target painted on the rear of my car.

"I got hit that hard that it pushed me right under the rear of "Bargs" car - I could just about read the part number on his diff.

"That is the problem with having to start towards the back of grid, the standard of driving back there can be pretty ordinary."

Despite the damage, Bowe charged up to 12th place before he was forced to retire after losing a water pump belt.

"The front of the airbox was badly damaged in the first turn and was rubbing on the water pump and power steering belt," Bowe said.

"We are really disappointed because the day looked so promising after qualifying yesterday.

"As soon as I drove out the pit lane for the first race, the car dropped onto six cylinders. That pretty much sealed our fate for the day.

Holden driver Mark Skaife won the day overall from Garth Tander and Glen Seton.

The next round of the championship will be staged on the streets of Canberra from June 9-11. <pre> RACE ONE 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 21:17.619 2. - Lowndes (Holden) - 21:17.883 3. - Seton (Ford) - 21:18.826 4. - Tander (Holden) - 21:18.837 5. - Larkham (Ford) - 21:19.249 21. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 22:10.689

RACE TWO 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 21:17.016 2. - Tander (Holden) - 21:18.864 3. - Seton (Ford) - 21:22.842 4. - Larkham (Ford) - 21:23.967 5. - Longhurst (Ford) - 21:25/087 18. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 21:55.776

RACE THREE 1. - Tander (Holden) - 21:15.237 2. - Skaife (Holden) - 21:15.914 3. - Larkham (Ford) - 21:21.979 4. - Seton (Ford) - 21:27.451 5. - Faulkner (Holden) - 21:32.186 DNF - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 21:55.776

POINTS Skaife - 596 Tander - 584 Seton - 476 Radisich - 403 Ingall - 360 Lowndes - 355 Longhurst - 352 Murphy - 339 Larkham - 328 Johnson - 312 Baird - 299 BOWE - 272

-Paul Ryan-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Ryan Paul , Garth Tander , Mark Skaife , Jason Bargwanna , John Bowe