DESPITE holding a 10-point gap over Ryan Hansford in the Touring Car Masters standings, John Bowe is adamant that he is not the favourite for this year’s championship title, which will be decided at Bathurst this weekend.
Bowe, a two-time Bathurst 1000 and a five-time Touring Car Masters Champion says that like all other drivers, he will be fighting for the win but admits that he won’t lose any sleep should things not go to plan this weekend.
“I’m way past setting goals for myself. I’m happy to be here, I like driving the cars, you know. If I win the series, I win the series.
“There are some very fast cars and drivers here this weekend, so I would say that I am at long odds at this stage of proceedings.”
Eight drivers remain in the running for the 2021 championship going into the season finale, with five in realistic reach of the title should things go their way.
Hansford trails Bowe by only 10 points, with Marcus Zukanovic and Cameron Tilley both sitting 47 points behind the Tasmanian. Steven Johnson is the last driver in real contention 58 points behind in his XD Ford Falcon.
Bowe is no stranger to Mount Panorama, with this year being the 36th straight year that he has made the journey up to Bathurst with an opportunity to race everything and anything.
“I’ve come to Bathurst 36 years in a row, sometimes three times a year, sometimes twice a year, sometimes once a year, it’s a lot of races though,” Bowe said.
“I love coming here, it’s a fantastic racetrack and I mean, who wouldn’t want to race here, everybody in the world would like to race here.”
With four races this weekend including a Trophy Race and three championship races, there are a maximum of 200 points on offer – 10 for starting the Trophy Race, 10 for finishing the Trophy Race and 60 for each of the three race wins – meaning the title is a long way from being decided.
Bowe finished sixth in Friday morning’s Trophy Race and qualified fifth for Friday afternoon’s first race.