Cat Racing's John Bowe finally had a slice of good fortune when he dodged a massive start-line crash in the final race at Oran Park today. Larry Perkins' Commodore had stalled at the start and was struck by the on-coming car of Paul ...
Cat Racing's John Bowe finally had a slice of good fortune when he dodged a massive start-line crash in the final race at Oran Park today.
Larry Perkins' Commodore had stalled at the start and was struck by the on-coming car of Paul Morris.
Mark Larkham's Falcon then struck the back of the Morris Commodore, with both cars erupting into flames.
Despite the massive fireball, Cat Racing lead mechanic Kevin May dragged Larkham out of the flames as he was struggling to get out of his burning car.
Morris was delayed getting out of his destroyed Commodore and later left the scene by ambulance with a suspected back injury.
With a rolling start organised for the restarted final event, Bowe made strong progress to move through to 14th after starting from position 25.
Bowe previously battled a lack of grip to finish 13th in the opening race, and was then pushed off the road in the second race.
Holden driver Dougal McDougal was put to the back of the field by race stewards for the Bowe incident.
"We have struggled this weekend to make our car work well around this track, but it was nice to finally have a slice of luck to miss the accident," Bowe said.
"Cars stalling on the grid can cause huge accidents and that's what happened today.
"When you are at full speed off the start, the last thing you expect to find is a car sitting stationary in the middle of the road.
"I just hope Paul and Larko are O.K. and they can get back on track soon."
Despite the weekend's disappointment, Bowe is looking forward to the chance to test the Cat Racing Falcon in the two week gap before the next round of the championship at Calder Park.
"We got a spot on the podium at Calder last year and it is the "home" race for Caterpillar whose headquarters are just down the road at Tullamarine," Bowe said.
"We haven't had the chance to test as much as we would have liked this year and I am looking forward to putting some miles on the car and trying some developments for the endurance races.
"The car is a little battle scarred, but we are basically ready to start work on improving the car for the Queensland 500 and Bathurst."
RACE ONE - 17 laps
1. - Skaife (Holden) - 19:57.132
2. - Lowndes (Holden) - 19:59.279
3. - Tander (Holden) - 20:00.819
4. - Seton (Ford) - 20:03.106
5. - Murphy (Holden) - 20:08.143
13th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 20:20.080
RACE TWO - 17 laps
1. - Ingall (Holden) - 20:05.051
2. - Murphy (Holden) - 20:08.295
3. - Skaife (Holden) - 20:08.602
4. - Tander (Holden) - 20:10.610
5. - Seton (Ford) - 20:12.649
25th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 20:56.633
RACE THREE - 15 laps
1. - Skaife (Holden) - 17:35.477
2. - Tander (Holden) - 17:38.666
3. - Seton (Ford) - 17:43.275
4. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 17:44.320
5. - Murphy (Holden) - 17:48.804
14th - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 18:02.468