26 October 2001 / Race 1, Round 7 - Surfers Paradise Bowe Steers Mustang To Win At Gold Coast Indy FORD Mustang driver John Bowe turned pole position into a win today in the first of two round-seven races for the Century Batteries Australian GT...
26 October 2001 / Race 1, Round 7 - Surfers Paradise
Bowe Steers Mustang To Win At Gold Coast Indy
FORD Mustang driver John Bowe turned pole position into a win today in the first of two round-seven races for the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship at the Surfers Paradise Indy street circuit.
After six laps, Bowe crossed the finish line almost six seconds ahead of Philip Polites in a Holden Commodore GTS and then survived a possible official penalty for alleged kerb-hopping.
Race officials hung out a black flag - usually a call to the pits for a stop-and-go penalty - for Bowe on the last lap, but as it was then impossible to take the penalty, officials considered an alternative before abandoning the action several hours after the race and instead issuing a general warning to competitors.
Corner-cutting by riding the chamfered kerbs has been deemed a safety issue this weekend and officials have been quick to act against offending drivers.
Bowe's 15-point win lifted him nearer the lead in the championship pointscore, while series leader Brett Peters advanced his tally only one point with a 10th place finish from the last row of the starting grid.
In winning the Hippies Sports Touring class, Mitsubishi driver Nathan Pilkington moved to within one point of wrapping up the 2001 class championship in his rookie season.
CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
GT Performance Series, Round 7
RESULTS (Race 1, 6 laps):
1. John Bowe (Ford Mustang Cobra RA)
2. Philip Polites (Holden Commodore GTS)
3. Wayne Boatwright (Subaru Impreza STi)
4. Peter Floyd (Holden Commodore GTS)
5. Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V)
6. Graham Alexander (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V)
Poolrite High Performance: John Bowe
Hippies Sports Touring: Nathan Pilkington (Mitsubishi FTO)
Pole: Bowe 2 min. 09.61 sec.
Fastest lap: Bowe 2:19.95
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after Race 1): Outright & Poolrite High Performance class - 113 Brett Peters, 84 John Bowe, 77.5 Wayne Boatwright, 77 Philip Polites, 70.5 Graham Alexander, 64 Ed Aitken. Hippies Sports Touring: 152 Nathan Pilkington, 106 Nathan Thomas, 97 Anthony Robson.
TIMETABLE: Saturday - No event. Sunday - Race 2 (6 laps).