JB: Clipsal… Setting New Records

Hi All, We trust you’re well, following plenty of off season preparation John Bowe Racing rolled into Adelaide not quite certain what lay ahead. He is thorough, well prepared in racing terms, it’s not until you’ve had a run that you get a read on your off season efforts. Given, the team tested at Winton the week earlier and all seemed well sorted.

Clipsal is a good test to see if you’ve got your off season prep right. JB’s engine builder/race car preparer Steve Makarios of Synergy Race Engines was quietly confident of his work, car and driver.

It was a hectic lead in before arriving at the circuit. JB had a BBQ Luncheon (Tuesday) at Coates Hire Greenfield’s branch followed by a full display of Mustang Sally at Smedley’s Tyres & Auto (Dunlop Super Dealer) up at Tailem Bend. Look who’s king the school kids … much to his delight!

If that’s not enough, after delivering Mustang Sally to Adelaide Parklands JB headed to a Trade Night for long time supporter Doric Products. Doric schedules their Trade Nights to coincide with the V8/TCM rounds given their support of JB, Will Davison and FPR.

Clipsal Practise:

Thursday’s first on track practise session had Steve Makarios confident and smiling, he said, ‘JB makes me look good, I build engines and prepare race cars, he’s the pro’ We headed home with an early quali session in the morning on a clean/green circuit, with JB on top of the time sheets.

Quali/Race 1:

After 2 warm up laps, JB has a crack and parked Mustang Sally … timing showed he’s more than .6 of a second inside his own record he set in 2012. That’s how the session ended, with no one better. John Bowe recorded his 82 race career pole position standing him 10th on the World Driver database register – not a bad effort!

This season TCM have introduced a ‘rolling start’ format to increase the ‘thunder’ of cars greeting the starter’s flag. JB shared the front row with Tony Karanfilovski, driving a similar Mustang (to JB), they share the services of Steve Makarios (engine builder). A fantastic effort by Tony, he took out his first TCM race win … and shouted dinner and the beers – of course!

Race 2:

Saturday’s race was reverse grid .. if you saw the TV, you witnessed what can possibly go wrong during a start. That said, a stationary car on the start line can be far more frightening. We got underway after the clean up for an entertaining race. JB threaded his way through the field to grab second spot on the last corner. Plenty of TV
coverage for JB as he charged from the midfield. We have JB’s in car footage – thanks to our friends @ VBOX Australia and we have posted on his facebook.

Race 3:

JB finished third and set a new lap record (on lap 7) beating his own time. In engine building land it speaks volumes for your work … well done Stevie! It’s one thing to set a lap record, it’s generally not done at 70% of race distance when the tyres are not at their best. Unless … you’ve got a fella who’s chugging along in good shape!


We welcomed a new JBR Partner – R & T Pumps from Mackay who’ve joined us in 2014. Thanks Warney, despite his little excursion at Bathurst, he’s tough and a good ‘en! Welcome aboard mate, plenty of fun to be had here!

During the weekend JB was host to Rare Spares … ‘Win a Weekend with JB’ Mitch and Mick hung out with the team, had Dinner with JB and Rare Spares ‘Godfather’ David Rayner. An example of good planning within our loop leveraging JB and his race program – all round winners!

Coming away from Clipsal, JB takes home the round win and two new lap records. TCM’s format for season 2014 has been revised and JB feels the move will create a more balanced structure allowing the cars to race on their own merits. He said, ‘I’d like to congratulate Tony Hunter, he’s done a mountain of work and I think we certainly have a more exciting start procedure. Across the board he’s addressed a number of key areas in our category and I share his excitement going forward’ JB said as he put the Clipsal Trophy safely into his bag.

JB said, ‘while Clipsal is a fantastic race meeting, it’s just not the same without my old mate Greg Crick, he’s such a stirrer and a ripper bloke to have around. I spoke to him over the weekend, he’s home now but he will take a while to recuperate. His condition was quite serious … he’s a trooper and he’ll be back – take care mate!

Not happy with his efforts @ Clipsal, changed race bags and made his way to Phillip Island for this weekend’s ‘Classic’ JB will drive a 66 Brabham B23 (Group O open) and the ex Han Stuck Jagermeister ’74 March Cosworth.  That’s enough to make your eyes/mouth water … he reckons it’s very, very quick!

The weather at Phillip Island hasn’t been too kind today, JB landed the Brabham on pole and backed his effort up this afternoon by sticking Joe Calleja’s F1 Jagermeister March Cosworth on pole … not a bad day in his office!

Our new JBR website went live over the Clipsal weekend, the screen shots shows two revolving banners featured on the site. Take the link for a look – www.johnbowe.com.au we’re keen for your feedback! Great effort Shane!

Thanks for your support, should you have any questions … fire me a note @ events@johnbowe.com.au and we’ll do our best to help. Is anyone headed to the F1 GP next weekend, yep JB will be there!

Cheers Hammo - On behalf of JB who’s out of the office @ Phillip Island – doing what he does best!

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