John Bowe to bow out of Supercars
Former champion, John Bowe, will retire from fulltime V8 Supercar racing at the end of this season. But not before he has completed a final year racing for New Zealand's Paul Cruickshank Racing, driving the Glenfords-sponsored Falcon, with the #111 in honour of Cruickshank's close friend and fellow Kiwi Mark Porter who died of injuries received in a racing accident at Bathurst in 2006.
Bowe is the most senior driver in the current field and despite being able to out pace many of his younger rivals, has decided to step back from fulltime racing at the end of the 14-round championship.
For Bowe, 2007 will be a season of firsts and lasts as he prepares to break numerous records and farewell many of the circuits that have become his home over the last four decades.
"After 36 years in the game - 22 years in Touring Cars - I think it's time to step back and give some of these young blokes a chance in the series," Bowe said.
"I've been very lucky to have such a long and successful career doing what I love and this year I intend to finish my fulltime racing career with a young, exciting team that has a long and prosperous future ahead."
At Paul Cruickshank Racing (PCR) Bowe will be reunited with his former mechanic from Dick Johnson Racing turned Team Owner, Paul Cruickshank.
"I couldn't be happier to be driving for Paul Cruickshank Racing this year," Bowe said.
"I've known Paul for a long time. We worked together at Dick Johnson Racing and had a lot of success together including a Bathurst win Over the years we've stayed in touch and remained close friends.
"Running his own V8 Supercar team has always been one of Paul's ambitions, so I was delighted to see him get it off the ground last year, even though I wasn't involved.
"Paul has been smart with how he's gone about it, putting good people, good facilities and the right resources in place, which you have to do to be successful in this game.
"Developing any new team takes time, but I think that my experience from over the years can help speed up this process and that we can surprise a lot of people this year."
Bowe says he still enjoys driving V8 Supercars. “I enjoy racing and I'd like to think I'm still as competitive and motivated as when I started out racing, if not more so, but no-one can race for ever.
"That said, I'm not ready to hang up the helmet just yet - if I was, I'd have already retired. There’s still a lot of work to do and a lot to achieve this year which I'm looking forward to."