COWHAM HEATS UP CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE
A strong performance by Coleby Cowham at round three of the PJT Accountants & Business Advisors Queensland Saloon Car series, at the CAMS State Championship meeting promoted by the Warwick District and Sporting Car Club, at Morgan Park has ensured that the Queensland Saloon Cars title battle will go all the way down to the wire.
There was a number of new and returning faces in the 13 car grid including series debutants Brody Jarvis and Brad Carr, both driving a Ford Falcon AU.
Cowham, who was third on the championship standings leading into the round, showed that he was still in the title hunt setting a 1:28.92 lap to qualify on pole in his Ford Falcon AU, ahead of the Ford Falcon AU duo of Gary Beggs and Luke Andersen.
Beggs showed impressive speed in his new car, to claim race one ahead of Cowham and Lindsay Kearns in a Ford Falcon AU.
Cowham took the chequered flag for the first time this year ahead of Kearns and Andersen in race two. Beggs failed to finish after receiving a black flag for developing an oil leak and the smoke trail.
Cowham went back-to-back in the final race coming home ahead of Kearns and Dion Jarvis. Beggs charged through the field from the rear of the grid to finish fifth.
Cowham said his performance at the meeting helped him remain in contention for the series title.
“What a great meeting, I couldn’t be happier with how it all went. I can’t thank my Dad, Shane (Cowham) enough for prepping and spannering the car every race weekend, so hopefully a couple of wins on Father’s Day was the perfect gift,” said Cowham.
Beggs said he was pleased with his performance in the Ford Falcon AU, despite no track time in the car before the weekend.
“I took some adjusting to the car especially as he couldn’t practice on Friday. I managed to qualify second which I was more than happy with. I had one of best races ever with Coleby passing each other several times, but he managed to get across the line before me. Unfortunately I had some technical difficulties in the second race, but that set up a fun race three where I started from rear of grid and made my way through the field,” said Beggs.
Beggs, with 230 points, maintains a 17 point advantage over Cowham and Kearns, who are equal second on 213 points heading into the final round of the Queensland Saloon Car series at Morgan Park on November 14/15.
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