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Bowe grabs last-minute pole at Queensland John Bowe will start his Ferrari in pole position for tomorrow's fourth round of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship for GT sports cars after snatching a last-minute victory in qualifying...

Bowe grabs last-minute pole at Queensland

John Bowe will start his Ferrari in pole position for tomorrow's fourth round of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship for GT sports cars after snatching a last-minute victory in qualifying today at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich.

The pole appeared to belong to Paul Stokell's time of 1 minute 11.19 seconds in a Lamborghini for much of the session, but with only a few minutes left Bowe made some small adjustments to his brakes and front suspension and won the spot by seven-hundredths of a second.

Stokell, meanwhile, had over-estimated the time remaining in the 20-minute session and it was flagged to a finish as he warmed fresh tyres for what might have been his fastest lap.

"We were about to start a clean lap when the chequered flag came out unexpectedly. It would have been a banzai lap - it may well have been a high 10 (1 min. 10 sec.)," a deeply disappointed Stokell said.

Another last-gasp effort produced a landmark pole position in the Australian GT Performance Championship for touring cars.

With less than 90 seconds left in the session, John Falk put a Ford Falcon on pole for the first time in the eight-year old GTP series.

His Falcon Tickford TE50 was just one-hundredth of a second faster than the Holden HSV GTS of fellow Victorian Peter Floyd, resulting also in a first-time Falcon-Commodore front row for three 12-lap races tomorrow.

Despite winning the Nations Cup pole, Bowe was pessimistic about carrying any advantage into tomorrow's two 16-laps sprints and 24-lap final.

"I didn't think I'd get pole and I can't beat Stokell here," said Bowe, who leads the Meguiar's Drivers Championship standings.

"This is a power circuit and I'll be under pressure from the start. I could be all over the first time down the straight."

Bowe will have to deal not only with Stokell's six-litre Lamborghini Diablo, but also with the Garry Rogers Team seven-litre Holden Monaros of Nathan Pretty and Peter Brock on the second grid row.

Pretty was the third driver to break into the 11-second bracket, with a time just eight-hundredths slower than Stokell and more than a second ahead of Brock.

In other events on the PROCAR Champ Series program, Scott Loadsman, in a Holden Commodore SS V8, topped the provisional qualifying results for the Exide Australian Production Car Championship.

David Ratcliff was second-fastest in the best qualifying performance for his Toyota Celica, ahead of Steve Grocl, in an ex-factory team Volkswagen Beetle RSi.

Peter Brock's son James won qualifying for the Poolrite V8 BRutes Series in a Holden SS.

Brock was narrowly ahead of defending series champion Warren Luff, in a Ford Falcon XR8, but the post-qualifying grid draw gave pole position to Allan Grice (Falcon) for the first of tomorrow's three ute races.

The 15-race PROCAR Champ Series event starts at 9 am tomorrow.

-www.procar.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Nathan Pretty , John Bowe , Garry Rogers , Peter Brock , Peter Floyd , John Falk , Paul Stokell , Scott Loadsman , David Ratcliff , Warren Luff
Tags AUSUTE