Touring Car Masters Champion John Bowe has been excluded from the weekend’s racing after an incident in pit lane yesterday.
Stephen White has stepped into the #18 Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Security Ford Mustang as of today’s practice session, to see out the weekend’s on track action as part of the Masters field.
According to a statement issued by the series, after brake issues in yesterday’s session, Bowe was rattled when he returned to pit lane.
He disobeyed official directions, and subsequently ran over the foot of an official.
She was not seriously injured and has been given the ‘all clear’.
After investigation, the exclusion was handed down to Bowe. An appeal was unsuccessfully lodged.
“As a racer who loves to race, this is devastating, but it would not be right to pack up and go home, so ‘Sally’ will stay on track for my supporting sponsors and fans,” Bowe said.
“I am truly very sorry, and I have spoken to and visited the lady whose foot I ran over and she is sore, but fine. I have to say, she has been very understanding of my mistake and I have to accept the penalty handed down.”
Experienced White, who currently races in the Auto One V8 Utes series, will be coached by Bowe as he handles the vehicle the category champion affectionately calls “Mustang Sally”. It is the most successful vehicle in Touring Car Masters history.
“This is an exciting opportunity, one that I will take on with the greatest of respect for the car, the team, and for John’s (Bowe) position in the series,” White said.
“We hope to go out and put in a strong showing for our shared sponsors and the fans of motor sport, with the main aims to keep ‘Sally’ on track, and bring the car home clean.
“It is an honour to have been asked by John (Bowe) to take over control of his successful and well known car, and I will do my best to make all involved proud that they chose me.”
The final practice session of the day has been completed and White was ninth of the 22 cars.