Steve Hollman started in motor racing working for his brother Vic who had formed the PRS F Ford 1600 and F Ford 2000 manufacturing company. Hollman then moved to Ralt Cars and in 1987 he was in charge of Eddie Jordan’s team that won the British F3 Championship with Johnny Herbert. For 1988 Hollman formed his own team, Bowman Racing, run from Gomm Metal Developments base in Woking, Surrey. The team ran a pair of Ralt RT32s in the British Championship and finished second in the standings with Gary Brabham winning three of the last four races. For 1989 it was even better with with David Brabham taking the Lucas Championship in a Ralt RT33, Steve Robertson finished fifth in a similar car and the team took first and second in the Class B for year-old cars with their RT32s. They continued with the RT33s in 1990, taking third and fifth with Steve Robertson and Peter Kox and once again winning in Class B with Charles Rickett. In an effort to get an edge over their rivals they built their own car in 1991 running it alongside a Ralt RT35.
The BC3, the 1993 car, was introduced at the end of 1992 and was heavily based on the BC2, there was a new tub and modified front suspension. Sadly the modifications seem to have moved the car backwards, Christophe Tinseau raced the car in France but struggled, switching to a Dallara he was immediately on the pace indicating the problem was the chassis not the driver. In Japan Souda Takeshi similarly found the BC3 a midfield runner in the one race he used it for, he too then took the Dallara option.
At the end of the year Jamie Spence appeared for the last couple of Japanese races in the BC4. The new car was mechanically virtually identical to the BC3 but it was heavily modified aerodynamically. Spence failed to qualify for one race with engine woes, he then qualified 25th and finished tenth in the final race indicating the new car was no better than the old one. Other than a brief appearance in the B class for year-old cars in 1994 with both the BC4 and the BC3 this was Bowman’s last show in F3.
1991 Olivia Beretta, Yukihiro Hane, Osvaldo Negri, Steve Robertson.
Eric Angelvy, “Jules” Boullion, Franck Guibbert, Shinsuke Shibahara, Takeshi Souda, Kouji Takahashi.
Martyn Koene, Nicolas Leboissetier, Souda Takeshi, Christophe Tinseau.
Hiroyuki Aoki, Jean-Claude de Castelli, Miguel de Castro, Yukihiro Hane, Ryou Michigami, Jamie Spence, Kazuteru Wakida, Stephen Watson.