Bowe mas­ters tour­ing cars

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OHN Bowe is a mas­ter at driv­ing a tour­ing car. The for­mer V8 Su­per­car racer is now near the front of the Biante Tour­ing Car Mas­ters se­ries driv­ing a 1969 Chevro­let Ca­maro SS and fight­ing with de­fend­ing cham­pion Gavin Bul­las in a Corvette and tour­ing car leg­end Jim Richards in a 1964 Ford Sprint.

Bowe trails Bul­las by 126 points go­ing into the fi­nal round at the His­toric Sandown meet­ing on Novem­ber 7-8.

But 180 points are on of­fer over the week­end and driv­ers have to drop their worst-round re­sult, which brings Bowe back into re­al­is­tic con­tention at only 81 points adrift.

There have been five dif­fer­ent round win­ners this sea­son, so week­end hon­ours and out­right points are both up for grabs.

Group 2 se­ries leader Trevor Tal­bot should claim the cham­pi­onship ti­tle at Sandown in his XU-1 To­rana, shift­ing the fo­cus to third-placed Greg Wadding­ton’s bid to run down Rory O’Neill for sec­ond place over­all.

Wadding­ton has been brides­maid in the se­ries for the past two years and will be de­ter­mined to keep O’Neill’s HQ Holden in the rearview mir­ror of his Porsche 911. To cel­e­brate the 2009 sea­son fi­nal, the Biante Tour­ing Car Mas­ters and the are of­fer­ing two read­ers a hot lap with dual Bathurst 1000 win­ner John Bowe next Fri­day, Novem­ber 6, at Sandown Race­way be­fore the Na­tional Lube His­toric Sandown on Novem­ber 7-8.

En­trants must be 16 or older (and with a par­ent or guardian if younger than 18), able to at­tend Sandown on the Fri­day, in rea­son­ably good health and wear en­closed footwear. It’s a dream ride in a clas­sic car.

To en­ter, SMS the word MAS­TERS and your name and ad­dress to 1993 3300 or ph: 1900 999 174. Com­pe­ti­tion calls cost 55c incl GST. More from mo­bile or pub­lic phones. The con­test is open to Vic­to­rian res­i­dents only and closes at mid­night on Sun­day.

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