CAT RACING V8 SUPERCAR - SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACEDAY - WINTON - ROUND TEN ISSUED: SUNDAY, 22nd AUGUST 1999 BOWE'S CAT WINTON HOPES DASHED BY FIRST RACE DRAMA John Bowe's assault on round ten of V8 Supercar Shell Championship series...
V8 SUPERCAR - SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACEDAY - WINTON - ROUND TEN ISSUED: SUNDAY, 22nd AUGUST 1999
BOWE'S CAT WINTON HOPES DASHED BY FIRST RACE DRAMA
John Bowe's assault on round ten of V8 Supercar Shell Championship series was wrecked by a major opening race incident which resulted in eight front runners sliding off the circuit at the same time.
Bowe was running sixth on lap two when he and seven other rivals including Glenn Seton, Steven Richards, Greg Murphy and Steve Ellery struck a patch of mud and dirt which was dragged onto the circuit by an opening lap incident with two back-markers.
With the in-field resembling a car park, Bowe made it back onto the track in 10th place but not without filling the front spoiler with mud after crossing a small ditch.
The resulting rising engine temperatures forced the Cat Falcon into the pits and the crew worked frantically to clear the radiator and check for engine damage.
Bowe made it back onto the track before the race finish, but ended up in 31st place.
He pulled one of his year's best drives to climb from 31st to 12th in the second race before rising another four spots in the final race of the day to finish eighth.
Despite having a disappointing day, Bowe still rose back to seventh place in the championship points.
"Our day was basically ruined on the second lap," Bowe said.
"We came charging through the sweeper, hit the mud and all fell off together. The front spoiler was full of mud and the temperatures rose pretty quickly.
"I was hoping some of it might fall out under brakes, but it didn't work out that way.
"Once we had to come from the back, our chances of a good result were ruined because the races are too short and the competition too tough to charge through."
Holden driver Jason Bargwanna took a clean sweep on the day with three victories.
Bowe has now set his sights on the final sprint round for the year scheduled for Sydney's Oran Park Raceway on September 5.
"It is no use worrying about today, we now have to start work on getting a good result at Oran Park."
RACE ONE - 15 laps 1. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 21:43.089 2. - Bright (Ford) - 21:50.214 3. - Tander (Holden) - 21:57.016 4. - Ingall (Holden) - 21:57.834 5. - Radisich (Ford) - 22:07.602 31. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 7 laps down
RACE TWO - 15 laps 1. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 21:34.020 2. - Bright (Ford) - 21:34.191 3. - Ingall (Holden) - 21:37.770 4. - Tander (Holden) - 21:38.277 5. - Radisich (Ford) - 21:47.686 12. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 22:00.276
RACE THREE - 15 laps 1. - Bargwanna (Holden) - 21:41.144 2. - Ingall (Holden) - 21:41.344 3. - Radisich (Ford) - 21:41.820 4. - Bright (Ford) - 21:42.047 5. - Lowndes (Holden) - 21:42.172 8. - BOWE (CAT FORD) - 21:43.646
NEXT RACE SEPTEMBER 5 - ORAN PARK