Rain Arrives In Homebush
Sydney's weather had closed in overnight and the drivers arrived to a wet track. The slippery surface meant the tight concrete canyon presented further challenges in keeping these classic machines off the walls, and each other.
After posting second fastest in yesterday's first qualifying session, Bowe elected not to take the chance on the wet track, keeping 'Sally' in the garage, rather sitting back to watch the session unfold. Lap times were far slower than those of Q1, the fastest of the session a 1:50.3101 by Tilley, some ten seconds slower than yesterday. Bowe sat comfortably in second and would start alongside Richards.
Race 1 saw championship contenders launch from the front of the grid on a wet but drying track. Bowe made what seemed a good start, before bogging down and dropping to third behind Richards and Bullas. Heading through turn five for the first pass, Miedecke was hot on the tail of Bowe, making a pass that would see him cross the line ahead.
Lights ablaze down the front straight and holding steady behind the Camaro, the laps literally slid past before Bowe regained third around the outside to once again hunt down the championship leaders. Making time on each lap, Bowe was pushing at the half way point as the track dried, but clipped the wall at turn seven as the weight of the WesTrac CAT/Wilson Security Mustang was wearing on the brakes.
With 3.2 seconds separating Bowe and his challengers coming into lap seven, the fight would not waver as he continued to gain time, holding right on the bumper of Bullas to complete race one in the standing championship order.
"I probably didn't have the ideal setup was it wasn't too bad. I dropped some ground at the start, caught a bit of ground up in the middle.
"Gavin and my car in particular, overheat the rear tyres as it dries out, so it was sliding more and going slower.
"The car wasn't too bad but if it's wet again we'll probably change the setup.
"I was getting a bit excited when I was catching them up through the mid section of the race, then I scraped it along the wall so I thought I'd better settle down again."
Bowe holds third in the title standings on 829, 82 points off championship leader Richards, with Bullas in second. It remains mathematically possible for Bowe to take his maiden series championship, especially if the rain continues at the concrete canyon where anything could, and most likely will happen in the final races of the season.Prev Next