V8 SUPERCAR - SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACEDAY - SYMMONS PLAINS - ROUND NINE ISSUED: SUNDAY, 8th AUGUST 1999 BOWE STORMS WAY UP TO TOP FIVE IN TASSIE DOWN-POUR Local Tasmanian Cat Racing star John Bowe clawed his way back from a disastrous...
V8 SUPERCAR - SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACEDAY - SYMMONS PLAINS - ROUND NINE ISSUED: SUNDAY, 8th AUGUST 1999
BOWE STORMS WAY UP TO TOP FIVE IN TASSIE DOWN-POUR
Local Tasmanian Cat Racing star John Bowe clawed his way back from a disastrous opening race to finish in the top five by the end of the day at Symmons Plains Raceway.
With torrential rain drowning the circuit, Bowe's handling problems from yesterday continued with the #600 Ford Falcon AU destroying its first set of wet tyres as he slid down the field from 12th on the grid to 16th at race end.
Frantic changes after the opening race transformed the car with charging from 16th to 9th position - setting a string of stunningly fast laps in the process.
Bowe's renowned wet weather skills again came to the fore in the final race as he drove a steady race through to fifth position.
While disappointed, with the overall result, Bowe was pleased with the way his Cat Racing crew transformed the car for the final two races.
"The car was terrible in the opening race, especially at the hairpin," Bowe said.
"The car was very loose on entry to the corner and I couldn't get the power down on the way out.
"We made a lot of changes to the car for the 2nd race which seemed to work well, but it is pretty tough coming from back in 16th."
Holden driver Mark Skaife took the overall win for the day ahead of Jason Bargwanna and Russell Ingall.
"The conditions were really bad out there because of all the spray coming up from the pack of cars in front of me," Bowe said.
"I'm probably lucky I've done lots of laps around here and I know my way around, because you couldn't see a thing. The end result was a little disappointing because I wanted to do well on home soil.
"Our car does not seem very well suited to bumpy circuits and we never really mastered it here."
Bowe and the Cat Racing team will set themselves for the next round of the championship at Winton.
"I've always done pretty well at Winton and I reckon our car should suit the track because it is so smooth."
RACE ONE - 24 laps 1. - Murphy (Holden) - 24:48.002 2. - Skaife (Holden) - 24:48.993 3. - Crompton (Ford) - 24:57.872 4. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 24:58.299 5. - Bright (Ford) - 24:58.997 16. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 25:21.293
RACE TWO - 25 laps 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 27:33.775 2. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 27:35.780 3. - Crompton (Ford) - 27:36.569 4. - Tander (Holden) - 27:37.489 5. - Ingall (Holden) - 27:38.908
RACE THREE - 23 laps 1. - Skaife (Holden) - 25:43.497 2. - Ingall (Holden) - 25:43.774 3. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 25:48.150 4. - Seton (Ford) - 25:49.860 5. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 25:54.167
CALENDAR AUGUST 22 - WINTON SEPTEMBER 5 - ORAN PARK