Bowe Test Puts Final Touch On Ford Mustang'S Racing Return TOURING car ace John Bowe today completed a successful first track test of his new Ford Mustang Cobra RA and pronounced himself ready to take on rivals from Holden, Mitsubishi and Subaru...
Bowe Test Puts Final Touch On Ford Mustang'S Racing Return
TOURING car ace John Bowe today completed a successful first track test of his new Ford Mustang Cobra RA and pronounced himself ready to take on rivals from Holden, Mitsubishi and Subaru in next weekend's Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship round at Wakefield Park, NSW.
The US-built Mustang, based closely on Ford's recently-released road coupe, was run without incident over two days at Melbourne's Calder Park circuit.
"I'm really impressed with the car, it's got terrific potential - and it looks fantastic even standing still," Bowe said.
The V8 Mustang's return with the Prancing Horse Racing team revives the glory days of Australian touring car racing, but this time Bowe and the five entrants in HSV Commodores will be defending themselves from a horde of nimble Japanese sedans on the tight 2.2 km Wakefield Park circuit.
The series for near-standard passenger cars currently is led by 2000 champion Mark King, in a Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V that has a small turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive.
"I haven't seen Wakefield Park, but I understand it's likely to suit the smaller four-wheel drive cars," Bowe said. "Apart from that I'm really looking forward to getting back into GTP racing again; it's the best fun I've had in my racing career."
Booming GTP entry numbers have led organisers PROCAR Australia to create two class-based series - GT Performance and GT Production - under the same championship banner this season.
Wakefield Park will be round two of the GT Performance series, which also raced at Adelaide's Clipsal 500 meeting last month.
The winners from Adelaide, King and Holden's Philip Polites, are separated in the outright competition by just one point with Bob Hughes sharing second spot after consistent podium finishes in his Mitsubishi.
The GT Production series will have two separate races in Sunday's program for its first of eight rounds.
The 2001 PROCAR Series meeting also will feature round two of the Australian Nations Cup Championship and the inaugural round of the V8 BRute Muster for V8 Ford and Holden utilities.
Rick Bates Aims Pocket Rocket At GT Production Series
CANBERRA driver Rick Bates, who has successfully handled everything from a Dodge Viper, to V8 Supercars and the winning Porsche in the Panama-Alaska Rally, will debut one of the smallest cars in his career in the new GT Production series at Wakefield Park, NSW, this weekend.
Bates has entered the Poolrite Four-cylinder Touring class in a 1.3 litre Daihatsu Sirion GTvi, the smallest car in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship.
The national seriesfeatures popular family cars including Falcons, Commodores, Magnas and Camrys.
Despite its size, Bates believes his Daihatsu 'pocket rocket' can challenge other four-cylinder entries such as Holden Astra, Mazda MX-5 and Proton Satria.
Outright contenders include the V8s of Scott Loadsman (Holden) and Brian Carr (Ford), class champion Daryl Coon's six-cylinder Falcon and the Magna of Robert Chadwick.
City Parade, 'Hot Laps' Promise Fans A Racing Experience
RACING fans will have the chance for first-hand contact with the stars and cars of the 2001 PROCAR Series races at Wakefield Park this weekend.
The Eagle FM Parade of Horsepower will feature cars from the Nations Cup, GTP and V8 BRute Muster in a convoy from Wakefield Park to Goulburn for the start of a display and Barbecue with the Stars in Montague Street at 4 pm o n Friday.
At the track on Sunday, eight ticketholders will win 'hot lap' racing car rides and owners of roadgoing utes wll vie for trophies in the Goulburn Post Ute Muster. <pre> CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS 25 Mark King 24 Bob Hughes/Philip Polites 13 Brett Peters 12 Graham Alexander 9 Phil Kirkham
Poolrite High Perf.: 25 King Hippies
Sports Touring: 27 Anthony Robson.
Friday 9 am GT Production (practice, 30 min) 9.40 am GT Performance (practice, 30 min.) 12.10 pm GT Production (practice, 20 min.) 12.40 pm GT Performance (practice, 20 min.)
Saturday 10.10 GT Performance (qualifying, 30min.) 12 noon GT Production (qualifying, 30 min.)
Sunday 9.25 am GT Production (race 1, 15 min.) 10.50 am GT Performance (race 1, 15 min.) 1.30 pm GT Production (race 2, 15 min.) 3 pm GT Performance (race 2, 15 min.)