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May 3rd, 2011 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized |

Two rounds into the Touring Car Masters and John Bowe is looking increasingly the man to beat after winning the Western Australian round over April 30 and May 1. But it could have all gone very differently for the Mustang driver at Barbagallo.

Pole-sitter Bowe stalled on the grid at the start of race one and was swamped by the field. He was lucky not to be clobbered from behind, as V8 Supercar driver Karl Reindler was the following day.

Bowe said a change to the start procedure, which he suggested wasn’t kosher, caught him out.

“Once I realised what was going on, a second too late, I stalled which became very frightening,” Bowe explained. “The others [behind] all did an unbelievable job to miss me. Far too close.”

Bowe fell to as low as 15th before making it up to fourth by race end, behind Andrew Miedecke, Gavin Bullas and Jim Richards. It was Camaro driver Miedecke’s first win of the year.

Bowe made amends in the reverse grid race two, winning from Tony Edwards’ new Torana SL/R 5000 and Brad Tilley (XY Falcon).

It was an encouraging showing from the SL/R 5000 in just its second outing, suggesting it will be a weapon when fully sorted, particularly on tighter circuits.

Bowe then wrapped up the round with victory in race three, heading home Miedecke and Richards. The race three order mirrored the overall round result. Bowe now has a handy championship lead.

Read more about the Touring Car Masters in the current edition of Australian Muscle Car magazine, including a mini profile on Holden’s likely TCM hero and pics of the new XB Falcon. Look for the Mad Max Interceptor on the cover.

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