UTE: Wakefield practice report

Bowe fastest in Ferrari at Wakefield Park. John Bowe today launched an aggressive defence of his lead in the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship for GT sports cars, dominating the first practice sessions for round three in his Ferrari...

Bowe fastest in Ferrari at Wakefield Park.

John Bowe today launched an aggressive defence of his lead in the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship for GT sports cars, dominating the first practice sessions for round three in his Ferrari 360GT with a sub-record lap time of Wakefield Park circuit, near Goulburn.

Bowe, driving for the PHR Scuderia, charged around the 2.2 kilometre track in 59.74 seconds, almost one second faster than nearest rival Nathan Pretty, in a Holden Monaro, and well inside his own official qualifying and race lap records.

Paul Stokell, leading a three-car Lamborghini team, took third spot on the provisional starting grid for Sunday's three races. Qualifying will be tomorrow.

After taking a clean sweep of last year's Nations Cup round -- pole position, three wins and the lap record -- Bowe knows a strong start to this weekend is the best tactic to keep his lead in the Meguiar's Drivers Championship beyond reach of closest rivals Stokell and Pretty.

"Wakefield Park demands fast cornering and good braking and that's where my Ferrari shines," Bowe said.

"The Ferrari's V8 is almost half the size of the Monaro's 7.0 litre V8, but on a circuit like this I hope we can keep the upper hand."

Among the other competitors, Victorian Martin Wagg was fourth fastest in the debut of his new Porsche GT3 RS and Peter Brock fifth in another Monaro.

The Nations Cup is one of six championship rounds being contested at the PROCAR Champ Series meeting this weekend.

Lap times were close in practice for the Australian GT Performance Championship, presented by Strathfield.

Garry Holt, from Sydney, set fastest time of 1 minute 5.81 sec. In a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII, with the following five cars covered by just over 0.6 seconds.

Defending champion Warren Luff claimed provisional pole position in the Poolrite V8 BRutes Series, his lap of 1 minute 10.57 sec. a handy 0.33 sec. ahead of James Brock, leader of the Holden competitors.

-www.procar.com.au-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Nathan Pretty , John Bowe , Peter Brock , Paul Stokell , James Brock , Garry Holt , Warren Luff
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