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8 November 2021 | General

Bowe set for valuable pre-Bathurst 1000 Mountain laps

JOHN BOWE will get some extra preparation for this year’s Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters grand finale’ at Mount Panorama.

The five-time TCM champion will run his Holden Torana SL/R 5000 at the Challenge Bathurst sprint event this weekend at the iconic New South Wales circuit, in a bid to improve his chances of claiming a sixth crown a few weeks later when the TCM season concludes at the Bathurst 1000.

Challenge Bathurst is a massive four-day event catering to all types of competitors, from top-flight GT racers through to grass roots competitors competing in regularity competition on the weekend.

For Bowe, the event is an opportunity to sort some behavioural issues on his Torana before pitching it into battle a few weeks later.

“I’ve decided to run the TCM Torana because I will be there anyway, and I’ve never been overly happy with its behaviour at Mount Panorama, unlike with Mustang Sally, which was awesome around there,” Bowe wrote on his Facebook page.

“TCM doesn’t get much practise time, so this will be a good opportunity to get it behaving better!”

TCM competitors will have just one 20-minute practice session prior to launching into qualifying on the opening day of the 2021 title finale’.

Bowe said the Challenge Bathurst event was the perfect chance to gain some laps ahead of the big race later in the month.

“This is a fantastic event for car lovers,” he wrote of the Challenge Bathurst event – which shares several of Bowe’s own sponsors.

“It’s a bit like having a similar event at Spa in Belgium or the Nurburgring in Germany. It’s an ultimate track experience.

“I’m not sure if any spots are left but I encourage you to do it, so if not this year, then book for next!”

Challenge Bathurst will be held between November 11-14 this month, while the TCM finale’ will take place between November 30 – December 3 at the same iconic circuit.

Bowe also competed last weekend at Sandown Raceway’s annual Historic event, driving long-time friend Joe Calleja’s Ford Mustang.

Stating his 1200th race, Bowe qualified on pole and won his milestone affair.