The OzEmail Racing duo of Brad Jones and John Bowe, along with many of their Ford counterparts, struggled during V8 Supercar qualifying at the Lexmark Indy 300 on Queensland's Gold Coast.

Missing only his third top ten shootout this year, Bowe will start Saturday's first of two 100km races in an uncharacteristic 18th position. The veteran revealed that he been hindered by a number of problems during practice and qualifying.

"I flat-spotted a tyre during the opening laps in qualifying, and had to come straight back in [to the pits] and change it over," he explained, "I was then on best lap when the session was red-flagged after Jamie Whincup put his car into the tyre wall.

"And, to top it all off, I got a puncture at the time the track had cooled off a little and all the fast times were set. I don't think that it was meant to be today somehow."

Bowe, twice a winner on the Surfer's Paradise Indy circuit, felt that his car - and the Ford competitors in general - would fair better in tomorrow's race.

"I can't remember ever being as far back as 18th at Indy but, looking at the results today, we weren't the only Ford team to struggle," he said, "I think there are only three Ford cars in the top ten - and last year's winner, Jason Bargwanna [then in a Holden], has qualified 28th. I really think that, by tomorrow, we will have a strong race package."

Team-mate Brad Jones was equally frustrated with the day's proceedings, having tussled with his OzEmail Falcon during all three practice and qualifying sessions. He will start from 23rd position in race one.

"I really don't know what when wrong today," he admitted, "I actually thought the car felt okay but the [lap] times were a fair way off the pace.

"We are going to have to look at both of our OzEmail Falcons hard and long tonight and turn them into fast race cars. This place is not an easy place to overtake, so we will need very well set up cars to make any gains tomorrow."



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