John Bowe has delivered OzEmail Racing it's only highlight when he charged from last to 12th in race two of today's round 7 of the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway. His effort extenuated after he was forced to start the race from pit lane after his OzEmail Falcon required the replacement of power steering hose whilst the rest of the field completed the parade lap.
"We were forced to make some brave decisions in race two after our DNF is race one. The team's strategy was spot on and the boys did a fantastic pit stop. The car was a bit tough on rear tyres but in still had enough pace to get past a few [competitors],'" said Bowe.
In race one, Bowe was forced out of the race after a collision with Max Wilson - "I should have known better than try and get past [Wilson]. He had just speared Garth Tander off and I was his next victim. Next time I'll just sit back and let him do his own damage," Bowe concluded.
For team boss, Brad Jones it was a weekend of pure disappointment. After hitting an oil spill and spinning in race one whilst in a commanding sixth position, he was forced to swallow an even bitter pill when controversial driver, Paul Romano blatantly spun him around, resulting in a number of serious collisions from other cars into the #21 OzEmail Falcon in the second race.
"I wonder what on earth he [Romano] was trying to do. I had given him plenty of room and he still decided to hit me. You just can't afford to make driving mistakes like that these days and his mistake will not only cost me championship points but tens of thousands of dollars as well," said Jones.
Commenting on his Oran Park results, Jones said further - "This is easily the most disappointing event I've had had all year. My car was so strong all weekend but other people's actions in both races have resulted in us coming away with virtually nothing apart from a big repair bill. It's been a tough day."
The only good news for Jones was that he maintains his overall championship standing of 15th, whilst John Bowe slips out of the top ten to 12th.
The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship will be at the OzEmail Racing Team's home test track, Winton Raceway on August 16th - 18th.