Queensland qualifying

FORD Mustang driver John Bowe added one point to his score in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship by taking pole position in qualifying for round four at Queensland Raceway today. The V8 Supercar ace lapped the 3.1 km...

FORD Mustang driver John Bowe added one point to his score in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship by taking pole position in qualifying for round four at Queensland Raceway today.

The V8 Supercar ace lapped the 3.1 km Ipswich circuit in 1 minute 19.78 seconds, almost 0.7 sec. faster than the first of the Holden Commodore V8s, driven by Ed Aitken.

Bowe, racing in the championship's GT Performance division for the second time, said the was looking for a strong performance in tomorrow's two events to lift his standing in the points.

"I've only run in one of the three rounds so far, but the Mustang really likes the Queensland Raceway layout so this is my best chance to catch up," he said.

The official factory VW Beetle team of Tim Leahy and Matthew Coleman scored its best result of the season, taking the first two qualifying spots in the Hippies Sports Touring class.

In the GT Production division, which will compete in separate races tomorrow, the Ford Falcon V8s of joint points leaders Brian Carr and John McIlroy qualified 1-2, ahead of the Holden Commodores of Scott Loadsman and Richard Winston.

Alan Holgersson (Camry) and Luke Youlden (Astra) were fastest in the 6-Cylinder and 4-Cylinder classes.

<pre> CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

    RESULTS (qualifying):
    GT Performance, round 4    GT Production, round 4
1.  J. Bowe (Ford Mustang Cobra RA) 1:19.78 1.  B. Carr (Ford Falcon XR8)  1:25.48
2.  E. Aitken (Holden Comm. GTS) 1:20.46 2.  J. McIlroy (Falcon XR8)  1:25.84
3.  P. Roma (Mazda RX-7)  1:20.80 3.  S. Loadsman (Holden Comm. SS) 1:25.86=M/
4.  R. Pearson (Mazda RX-7)  1:20.906 4.  R. Winston (Holden Comm. SS) 1:26.08
5.  B. Peters (Subaru WRX STi) 1:20.909 5.  A. Holgersson (Toyota Camry) 1:26.15
6.  P. Kirkham (Mazda RX-7)  1:20.99 6.  R. Chadwick (Magna Sports) 1:27.90
Poolrite High Perf.:  J. Bowe    Poolrite V8 Touring:  B. Carr
Hippies Sports:  T. Leahy (VW Beetle RSi) 1:24.60 Hippies 6-Cylinder
Touring:  A.Holgersson        Hippies 4-Cylinder Touring:  L. Youlden (Astra) 1:28.96

WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Sunday - 9.30 am GT Production (Race 1, 15 min.), 11 am GT Performance (Race 1, 15 min.), 1.05 pm GT Production (Race 2, 15 min.), 3.30 pm GT Performance (Race 2, 15 min.).

-Chris Nixon

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Series Supercars
Drivers John Bowe , Luke Youlden , Scott Loadsman