Falcon quick: the undisputed Winton wizards

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  • 24/05/2021
  • By James Pavey, Pic by AN1 Images

The next stop on the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship calendar was a happy hunting ground for two of the Blue Oval’s greats in the 1990s.

Between 1993 and 1995, Winton Motor Raceway belonged to two drivers, with Glenn Seton and John Bowe ruling the rural Victorian circuit with an iron fist.

Seton has Bowe’s measure with regards to races and titles won, winning 40 races to Bowe’s 31, and two titles (1993 and 1997) to Bowe’s one (1995).

WATCH: SEVEN HIGHS AND LOWS FROM WINTON

However, both are joined at the hip atop Winton’s all-time wins list, with the Ford legends winning five races each.

Both drivers were responsible for the longest winning run by a single manufacturer at Winton with six.

Seton swept the 1993 event en route to his first ATCC crown, before he returned 12 months later to repeat the feat.

Bowe in 1992

In 1995, as he continued on a championship-winning campaign of his own, Bowe won both Winton races, extending Ford’s winning Winton run to six.

Nissan, thanks to George Fury, Jim Richards and Mark Skaife, won five races between 1989 and 1992.

It took Holden 12 years to break through at Winton courtesy of Larry Perkins.

Seton in 1993

While Ford leads the head-to-head win tally over Holden 29 to 27, the latter enjoyed a run of dominance in the late 1990s and the turn of the century.

Holden drivers won 16 of 19 races between 1997 and 2002, Perkins Engineering and Garry Rogers Motorsport leading the way with five each.

Bowe’s first win at Winton came in 1988 aboard his Dick Johnson Racing Sierra, and scored wins in Races 2 and 3 in the 1998 event.

The winning laurel wreath for Seton in 1993

Bowe, who later kicked off his title defence with a sweep of the 1996 Bathurst sprint round, would score one more win in 1998 at Mallala, before he took career win No. 31 at Ipswich in 1999 for PAE Motorsport.

Seton’s fifth and final Winton win was bookended by victories for GRM drivers Garth Tander and Jason Bargwanna, the latter sweeping the Winton round 12 months earlier.

Bowe carries his Falcon EF to victory in 1995

In fact, Seton’s Sunday win at the turn of the century was his 40th and final career victory, 13 years after his first win at Calder Park.

Of current drivers, Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom (four wins each) can at least match the two Ford heroes this weekend, which will feature three 36-lap sprints.

James Courtney has three wins, with Tim Slade and Fabian Coulthard scoring two each.

WATCH: BOWE’S WINTON WIN IN 1998

Will Davison (2008), Chaz Mostert (2015) and Shane van Gisbergen (2017) are all one-time winners.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to Victoria for the Winton SuperSprint across May 28-30. Tickets are available here.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo with highlights on 7 and 7 Plus. Check out the weekend schedule here.

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