John Bowe will have a new $750,000 Ferrari 360GT coupe to drive as he bids to win his fourth Sandown 500 race in Melbourne next month. Glamor team PHR Scuderia, for which Bowe is Motorsport Director, will field at least four Ferraris, worth an...
John Bowe will have a new $750,000 Ferrari 360GT coupe to drive as he bids to win his fourth Sandown 500 race in Melbourne next month.
Glamor team PHR Scuderia, for which Bowe is Motorsport Director, will field at least four Ferraris, worth an estimated $2.3 million.
The line-up will comprise two 360GTs in Nations Cup Group One specification and two Group Two 360 Challenge versions.
The Melbourne team also is considering whether to run its Group Two Ford Mustang Cobra RA in the race at Sandown International Motor Raceway on Sunday 8 September.
Bowe won the race last year with Hong Kong banker Tom Waring in a 360 Challenge and in 1994 and 1995 with Dick Johnson in a V8 Ford Falcon.
The Ferraris promise to be among the stars in a field of up to 49 cars from the Nations Cup, GT Performance and GT Production Car categories in the Sandown 500, which is being run for the 35th time since its inception in 1964 and for the second time under the organisation of PROCAR Australia, in conjunction with Sandown promoter Jon Davison.
PHR Scuderia manager Paul Cruickshank said the team hoped to clear through customs today a new red 360GT to be driven by Bowe and Group Two regular Steve Beards.
The black 360GT in which Bowe is leading this year's Australian Nations Cup Championship has been reserved for two drivers yet to be named.
V8 Supercar driver Paul Morris will team for the second time in a Ferrari 360 Challenge with fellow Gold Coaster John Teulan, current points leader in the Group Two section of Nations Cup. The pair finished fourth last year in a similar car.
The fourth car has been reserved for AFL personality and Nations Cup regular Sam Newman, plus Scott Shearman, who will switch from his regular Porsche for Sandown.
The Sandown 500 is scheduled to start at 12 midday and will be telecast live and in full throughout Australia on SBS Television.
Also featuring in the telecast from 10 am will be the Great Aussie Ute Race, with two-driver teams sharing Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore V8 BRutes over three sprint races.
The Sandown 500 meeting also will host championship rounds for GT Production Cars, Australian Formula 3 and Mitsubishi Mirages.