Bowe Masters Bathurst
14 October 2013
Coates Hire brand ambassador John Bowe took a win, a second and a sixth in the three races to win the latest round of the Touring Car Masters at Bathurst - a round of the championship that will be remembered more for the crashes than the races.
After two strong practice sessions Bowe set the fourth fastest qualifying time and started from the outside of row two for the first of the three seven lap races over the weekend.
Pole position went to TCM championship returnee and touring car legend Glenn Seton driving a GT-HO Falcon followed by perennial championship front-runners Andrew Miedecke and Jim Richards.
The first of the three races was a short affair finishing behind the safety car after the Paul Freestone Camaro, Greg Crick Charger, William Vining Mustang and Mick Wilson Charger all encountered issues on the opening lap. Freestone’s Camaro ran wide coming into McPhillamy Park and ground to a halt against the concrete wall with damage along the right hand side. By the time the car had been put on the tow truck the race finished under safety car led by Andrew Miedecke from John Bowe, Jim Richards and pole sitter Glenn Seton.
The second of the three races, a reverse grid for the top ten cars was also cut short after a massive high-speed crash on Conrod Straight when Miedecke’s car slewed into Seton with both cars slamming into the concrete wall, coming to halt just before The Chase. While both drivers escaped unhurt, the crash immediately brought out the Safety Car. Eddie Abelnica came through the Safety Car interrupted race to claim victory from Adam Bressington and Jason Gomersall. Bowe escaped the carnage on Conrod Straight to finish sixth.
The field lined up for the final race of the weekend with Bowe fourth alongside Richards. The front row occupied by Abelnica and Bressington, with both Miedecke and Seton non-starters.
Abelnica bogged down on the line and Bowe got a great start to slip into second behind Bressington. Bowe put a demon move on Bressington going into Hell corner on lap two and took the lead and then drove away from the field to win by a comfortable margin from Jim Richards and Brett Youlden.
“I am very pleased with the weekend despite all the accidents that didn’t need to happen and races finishing under safety cars. The last race I got a ripper start and I had more pace than Adam Bressington and got past him and went on to win. But I was frustrated not to get in more racing with all the safety cars we had.
“I love racing these cars and especially on this track and I know we are absolute crowd pleasers.
“Looking at the championship, we have one round to go and we will see what happens at the Island”.