Craig Lowndes

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Craig Lowndes
OAM
Lowndes.jpg
Craig Lowndes in 2015
NationalityAustralian
Born (1974-06-21) 21 June 1974 (age 44)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Supercars Record
Car number888
Current teamTriple Eight Race Engineering
Series championships3 (1996, 1998, 1999)
Races667
Race wins107
Podium finishes258
Pole positions42
2018 Championship position4th (2061 pts)*

Craig Andrew Lowndes OAM (born 21 June 1974) is an Australian racing driver competing in the Supercars Championship. He currently drives the No. 888 Holden ZB Commodore for Triple Eight Race Engineering. Lowndes is a three-time V8 Supercar champion, a five-time Barry Sheene Medalist, and a seven-time winner of Australia's most prestigious motor race, the Bathurst 1000. On 6 July 2018 he announced his intention to retire from full-time driving at the end of the 2018 season.[1]

Among all his other achievements, Lowndes has claimed eight 500 kilometre V8 Supercar/ATCC endurance titles (five Sandown 500 victories, two L&H 500 crowns and one Queensland 500 win). He is also the first driver in ATCC/V8SC history to win 100 races and holds the record for the most Bathurst 1000 podiums with 14.

On 11 June 2012, Lowndes received the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his success in motorsport and contribution to the broader Australian community, "particularly through road safety education programs and charitable organizations."[2]

Racing career[edit]

Lowndes began his racing career at age nine, driving go-karts at a track in the town of Whittlesea.

Early career[edit]

He moved up to race cars in 1991, driving a Van Diemen in the Motorcraft Formula Ford "Driver to Europe" Series. Despite the car being several years old and receiving minimal sponsorship, Lowndes shot to almost immediate success. Lowndes won the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 1993 which qualified him for the Formula Ford Festival in England that same year, where he finished third. Lowndes moved up to Australia's top rank of open wheel racing being Formula Brabham in 1994. His success in Formula Brabham driving an ageing Cheetah Mk9 against much more modern cars was rewarded with the Australian Silver Star.

Holden Racing Team[edit]

1996 HRT Commodore

By this time Lowndes had been added to the Holden Racing Teams testing crew. He looked sufficiently promising in testing that Lowndes was drafted into the No. 015 Commodore with Brad Jones for the 1994 Sandown 500. It was expected to be a one-off performance as Rickard Rydell from the BTCC Volvo sister team within TWR was to join the team for Bathurst. Rydell was forced to stay home for family reasons and after his impressive debut at Sandown, HRT team manager Jeff Grech had no hesitation in giving Rydell's seat to the young Lowndes.

After a gruelling double-stint by Jones, Lowndes began the final stint of the race as the premier challenger to the DJR Falcon of John Bowe which had dominated the race. With eleven laps to go Lowndes stunned the touring car establishment overtaking Bowe on the outside of Griffins Bend in a move that made him a household name. Bowe retook a lap later and Lowndes was forced to back off in the closing laps but second was an impressive achievement for a rookie driver. Lowndes won fans in pit lane when he later admitted that his passing move on Bowe was simply a case of missing his brake marker.[citation needed]

A year later Lowndes qualified on pole for the Bathurst 1000, only for his Holden Racing Team Commodore to DNF early on in the race when both HRT cars experienced oil pressure problems and engine failure during the race. HRT had seen enough however, and for the 1996 season he replaced Tomas Mezera full-time in the team. At his first attempt, Lowndes won the championship and also won both the Sandown and Bathurst races with teammate Greg Murphy. His Bathurst 1000 victory made him the youngest winner of the race at the time and with Murphy, the youngest ever driver pairing to win the Bathurst 1000.[citation needed]

Formula 3000[edit]

Lowndes left Australia and went to Europe to further his open wheeler racing career, by competing with the RSM Marko Team in the 1997 International Formula 3000 Championship[3] as teammate to Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya. He was comprehensively beaten by his teammate which resulted in him failing to find a budget to compete a second year.

Australian return[edit]

On his return to Australia, Lowndes again won the 1997 Sandown 500 for HRT, partnered by New Zealander Greg Murphy. Together with back to back race wins at Sandown in the enduros. He resumed his racing seat with the Holden Racing Team, alongside new teammate Mark Skaife, shuffling Greg Murphy into a test-driving role. Lowndes again proved difficult to catch and went on to win the 1998 Championship, although the premature debut of the VT series Commodore would cruel his Bathurst campaign.

In the first full year of campaigning the VT Commodore, Lowndes had already amassed a large lead by the time the series arrived for Round 8 at Calder Park Raceway. Following a win in the first sprint race, a poor start by Lowndes saw him bogged down in the field and subsequently tapped by another car which resulted in a spectacular roll over, momentarily sending the car airborne, into an embankment. The car (which was only 4 races old) was declared a write-off and Lowndes was fortunate to only suffer a knee injury. Despite missing the following round at Symmons Plains Raceway due to the injury, Lowndes still went on to clinch the Championship at the Bathurst Classic finishing second in the final round of the season.

Despite Lowndes being favourite to win a 4th title in 2000, he struggled with reliability and consistency throughout the season and finished 3rd in the championship, behind teammate Mark Skaife and Garth Tander, with three round wins including the Queensland 500.

Ford[edit]

Dissatisfaction within HRT triggered Lowndes move to a new team, causing a stir among race fans when he jumped ship from Holden to arch-rival manufacturer Ford, signing with a team headed up by former driver Fred Gibson. This partnership lasted for two years in which time Lowndes finished 7th and 11th in the championship. The relationship proved unsuccessful due to reliability issues with the Ford Falcon race car. Despite the setbacks, Lowndes garnered an admiration from fans for his positive attitude and demeanour. Gibson Motor Sport was renamed to 00 Motorsport (pronounced "double-o", being Lowndes' racing number) after a change of management. Lowndes's black and silver Falcon was affectionately referred to as the "green-eyed monster" for the bright green covers over the headlights.

Ford Performance Racing[edit]

Lowndes signed with the factory-sponsored Ford Performance Racing team for the 2003 season. The season saw Lowndes improve from the previous 2 seasons and managed a 5th place in the championship including his first round win since the Queensland 500 in 2000 and the first with Ford. The season proved inconsistent and reliability issues started setting in throughout the season causing Lowndes to miss out on a chance for the title. 2004 would be Lowndes worst championship year, reliability became a big issue in the FPR garage throughout the season. Lowndes finished a lowly 20th in the championship, causing him to leave the team at the end of 2004.

Triple Eight Race Engineering[edit]

Lowndes joined Triple Eight Race Engineering (also known then as Team Betta Electrical) in 2005 and enjoyed his most successful season since switching to Ford. He had the most round victories and the most pole positions of any driver in the championship, and finished second in the final standings behind champion Russell Ingall. He suffered a luckless run at the Bathurst 1000 that year, where, despite qualifying on the pole, he spent much time in the pits after two separate incidents which severely damaged his Falcon including a wheel that smashed into his windscreen.

At the V8 Gala Awards, Lowndes was awarded the Barry Sheene Medal, an award akin to Most Valuable Player[citation needed] which is voted on by a team of panellists from the Australian media, motorsport magazines, television commentators and former drivers. This award was first introduced in 2003, in honour of the late Barry Sheene. Marcos Ambrose won it in 2003 and 2004, winning the championship in both years. Hence this made Lowndes the first non-championship winner to take out the award.

2006–8[edit]

Lowndes in 2006

Lowndes was a contender for the championship right up until the last race, being level on points with Rick Kelly. The two fought one of the closest non-staged finishes in Bathurst 1000 history on 8 October 2006, with Lowndes winning over Kelly by just half a second. It was his first Bathurst win since 1996 and Ford's first since 1998. The win was a very emotional one for Lowndes, being the first Bathurst 1000 held since the death of his long-time mentor Peter Brock at a road rally the month before. As winners of the Bathurst 1000, the inaugural Peter Brock Trophy was presented to Lowndes and his teammate, Jamie Whincup.

Lowndes eventually finished second in the 2006 V8 Supercar season. After complaining of having been "unfairly" held up for up to six seconds a lap by Rick Kelly's teammates over the first two races, Lowndes was level on championship points with Kelly after race 2 (of 3) in the final round. In the deciding race Kelly crashed into Lowndes heading into the hairpin resulting in a lengthy pitstop to repair Lowndes' vehicle. Kelly received a drive-through penalty and went on to finish the race in 18th position and seal the championship victory, while Lowndes finished the race 31st.

Lowndes and Triple Eight Racing lodged a protest and a hearing was set up. The protest was dismissed after a long hearing and Rick Kelly was confirmed as the 2006 champion. Lowndes and Triple Eight Racing decided not to appeal that decision and proclaim themselves the "Moral Champions" for the 2006 season.[citation needed] Lowndes won the Barry Sheene Medal for the second year in a row.

Lowndes had three victories in 2007, the sixth round at Hidden Valley Raceway, and both the endurance races: the Sandown 500 and the Bathurst 1000. He finished third place in the championship, while his teammate, Jamie Whincup, finished second. In 2008, Lowndes and Whincup won the Bathurst 1000 for a third time in a row, becoming only the third pairing in the history of the Bathurst 1000 to achieve it, after Peter Brock and Jim Richards (1978–80) and Peter Brock and Larry Perkins (1982–84).

2009[edit]

The Ford Falcon of Craig Lowndes at Queensland Raceway, 23 August 2009.

In 2009, Lowndes started the year with a brand new Ford FG Falcon. Despite winning races in Winton, the Gold Coast and Barbagallo, he was unable to match his teammate and finished the year 4th in the standings. Being once again paired up with Whincup in the enduros but suffered the heartbreak of losing the race lead on the final lap of the L&H Phillip Island 500 due to a delaminating tyre. Heading to Bathurst on the verge of making history, they failed in their bid to win a fourth consecutive Bathurst title, due to a drive-thru penalty, a clutch problem and bad luck.

2010[edit]

In 2010, Team Vodafone switched to Holden Commodores as Ford cut sponsorship. Lowndes placed fourth in the championship with podiums in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Queensland Raceway and Winton following a very solid season. Partnering five-time champion Mark Skaife, Lowndes won the Bathurst 1000 for the fifth time, as well as the Phillip Island 500. His first solo victory for the season came during the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains.

2011[edit]

2011 proved to be Lowndes' most competitive year in recent times, narrowly finishing second in the championship to teammate Whincup following a Sydney showdown. The year was filled with highlights, including five pole positions, a clean sweep of the Queensland Raceway round, another Phillip Island 500 crown with Mark Skaife and a stellar drive to second at Bathurst. Lowndes then capped the year off in style, winning the Sydney 500 and taking out the coveted Barry Sheene Medal for the third time at the end of season Gala awards. He backed up his strong championship campaign in 2011 by again finishing second to Whincup the following season. 2012 saw Lowndes net 7 race victories in the championship, including his fifth Sandown 500 title with teammate Warren Luff.

2013[edit]

In the 2013 season opener in Adelaide, Lowndes won by a record margin of over 20.5 seconds in Race 1, while coming in third in Race 2. Lowndes' race 1 victory marked the first win under V8 Supercar's new "Car of the Future" regulations, as well as the 90th of his career, equalling all-time rival Mark Skaife. Along with his Triple Eight Racing teammate Jamie Whincup, Lowndes had continued to dominate in the 2013 season, scoring race wins at Adelaide, Barbagallo Raceway, Hidden Valley Raceway, and also winning Race 1 at Gold Coast with co-driver Warren Luff. He ended the season in 2nd for the third consecutive year — each behind Jamie Whincup.

2015[edit]

In 2015, Lowndes became the first driver to reach 100 race wins in the V8 Supercar championship. He capped off a brilliant campaign by placing second in the championship and winning his sixth Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with Steven Richards. In doing so, he equalled all-time greats Mark Skaife and Larry Perkins in terms of number of victories at Mount Panorama, and now stands alone with a record 13th podium at the event. He also scored his 5th Barry Sheene Medal and won the Most Popular Driver award for the third year in succession (since its inception in 2013).

2016[edit]

Lowndes in his 600th championship race at Sydney Motorsport Park

In 2016, Shane van Gisbergen joined Triple Eight Race Engineering, with Lowndes moving to a third Triple Eight entry sponsored by Caltex and engineered by long-time technical director Ludo Lacroix.[4] Lowndes won his first race of the year at the Perth SuperSprint, where he charged through the field after taking on a two-stop strategy.[5] At the Sydney SuperSprint, Lowndes became the first driver to enter 600 championship races, and after leading the first half of the race, finished second to Whincup, who in the process became the second driver after Lowndes to win 100 races.[6]

2017[edit]

2017 saw the continuation of Team Vortex running alongside the newly named Red Bull Holden Racing Team. Despite race wins from both reigning champion Van Gisbergen and crowned champion Whincup, Lowndes for the first time in his career suffered a winless season and also was unable to record a podium finish. Despite the tough season and disappointing outcome of 10th in the championship (his lowest since 2004 and lowest ever with Triple Eight), Lowndes denied retirement and announced his intention to continue racing in 2018.

2018[edit]

In January, Lowndes peeled back the covers of the Autobarn Lowndes Racing Holden ZB Commodore in which he would compete in 2018, and also confirmed he would once again be partnered by Steven Richards in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.[7] At Tasmania, Lowndes took his first victory in nearly two years, recording the 106th win of his career in the second leg of the 2018 Tasmania SuperSprint. On July 5, during the press conference at the Townsville 400, Lowndes announced that he will retire from full-time competition at the end of the 2018 championship.[8] He will remain with Triple Eight Race Engineering as an endurance driver.[9] Following up with a written farewell on Twitter. Lowndes finished fourth in both race 17 and race 18. He finished 3rd at Ipswich SuperSprint and 4th at the Sydney SuperNight 300.

On 7 October 2018, Lowndes won his 7th Bathurst 1000 in a record time of 6 hours 1 minute with co-driver Steven Richards. The win equals Steven's father Jim Richards' total of 7 wins. Lowndes and Richards won the Pirtek Enduro Cup award after a strong showing throughout the campaign, including podiums at Sandown and the Gold Coast alongside his Bathurst win. Lowndes is the second driver to win the cup more than once.

He finished his full-time career with an 11th place in the final race of the season in Newcastle.

Rallying[edit]

In 2010, Lowndes ventured off-road to compete in the Australasian Safari with a Holden Colorado at his disposal. He won the Rally Raid at his first attempt with a margin of over one hour back to second place. Former V8 Supercar team owner, Kees Weel was co-driver. Lowndes crashed out of the lead of the Safari the following year.

Bathurst 12 Hour[edit]

Lowndes at the 2014 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

Lowndes' first competitive race at Bathurst was in the 1994 James Hardie 12 Hour for production cars. Sharing a Nissan Pulsar SSS with John and Phil Morriss, Lowndes finished 14th outright and first in Class B.[10]

Since the Bathurst 12 Hour race was changed to allow FIA GT3 cars in 2011, Lowndes has been a regular competitor in the race. In 2011 he finished second outright in an Audi R8 LMS GT3 driving for famed German endurance racing team and multiple 24 Hours of Le Mans winners Joest Racing. In 2012 he failed to finish, again driving an Audi R8, this time for another German team Phoenix Racing, while he also failed to finish in 2013, again in an R8.

Lowndes finally won the race in 2014 driving a Ferrari 458 GT3 for Maranello Motorsport alongside fellow Aussies John Bowe and Peter Edwards, and ex-Formula One driver, Mika Salo of Finland.

On 5 February 2017, Lowndes again drove for Maranello Motorsport to win the 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in a Ferrari 488 GT3 alongside Triple Eight teammate Jamie Whincup and another Finnish driver Toni Vilander.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

The Triple Eight Race Engineering entered Holden VF Commodore of Craig Lowndes at the 2014 pre-season test.
Season Series Position Car Team
1991 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 16th Van Diemen RF85 Ford Craig Lowndes
"Champion of Winton" Formula Ford Series 1st
1992 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 5th Van Diemen RF85 Ford
Reynard FF88 Ford
Northern Tuning Services
1993 Australian Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF93 Ford Craig Lowndes
1994 Australian Drivers' Championship 4th Cheetah Mk9 Holden Brian Sampson
Australian Silver Star 1st
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Holden VR Commodore Holden Racing Team
1997 International Formula 3000 Championship 17th Lola T96/50 Zytek RSM Marko
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Holden VS Commodore
Holden VT Commodore
Holden Racing Team
1999 Shell Championship Series 1st Holden VT Commodore Holden Racing Team
2000 Shell Championship Series 3rd Holden VT Commodore Holden Racing Team
2001 Shell Championship Series 11th Ford AU Falcon Gibson Motor Sport
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 7th Ford AU Falcon Gibson Motor Sport
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 5th Ford BA Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 20th Ford BA Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 2nd Ford BA Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 2nd Ford BA Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 3rd Ford BF Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 4th Ford BF Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 4th Ford FG Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 4th Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 2nd Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 2nd Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 2nd Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
Australian GT Championship 28th Audi R8 LMS Ultra Melbourne Performance Centre
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 4th Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
Australian GT Championship 24th Chevrolet Camaro GT3 Interislander
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 2nd Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 4th Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 10th Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 4th Holden ZB Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering

Supercars Championship results[edit]

Supercars results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 Position Points
1996 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore EAS
Rd1

56
SAN
Rd2

46
BAT
Rd3

13
SYM
Rd4

60
PHI
Rd5

20
CAL
Rd6

26
LAK
Rd7

60
BAR
Rd8

60
MAL
Rd9

50
ORA
Rd10

32
1st 423
1998 Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore SAN
Rd1

116
SYM
Rd2

114
LAK
Rd3

92
PHI
Rd4

112
WIN
Rd5

66
MAL
Rd6

108
BAR
Rd7

120
CAL
Rd8

76
HID
Rd9

68
ORA
Rd10

120
1st 992
1999 Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore EAS
Rd1

140
ADE
Rd2

300
BAR
Rd3

150
PHI
Rd4

142
HID
Rd5

88
SAN
Rd6

142
QLD
Rd7

134
CAL
Rd8

50
SYM
Rd9

DNS
WIN
Rd10

94
ORA
Rd11

138
QLD
Rd12

264
BAT
Rd13

276
1st 1918
2000 Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore PHI
Rd1

60
BAR
Rd2

120
ADE
Rd3

80
EAS
Rd4

74
HID
Rd5

36
CAN
Rd6

171
QLD
Rd7

120
WIN
Rd8

68
ORA
Rd9

68
CAL
Rd10

96
QLD
Rd11

160
SAN
Rd12

104
BAT
Rd13

168
3rd 1310
2001 Gibson Motorsport Ford AU Falcon PHI
Rd1

238
ADE
Rd2

213
EAS
Rd3

172
HID
Rd4

32
CAN
Rd5

180
BAR
Rd6

188
CAL
Rd7

123
ORA
Rd8

219
QLD
Rd9

16
WIN
Rd10

51
BAT
Rd11

192
PUK
Rd12

125
SAN
Rd13

242
11th 1991
2002 Gibson Motorsport Ford AU Falcon ADE
R1

4
ADE
R2

4
PHI
R3

12
PHI
R4

Ret
EAS
R5

9
EAS
R6

3
EAS
R7

2
HDV
R8

6
HDV
R9

Ret
HDV
R10

Ret
CAN
R11

9
CAN
R12

16
CAN
R13

3
BAR
R14

5
BAR
R15

28
BAR
R16

17
ORA
R17

12
ORA
R18

7
WIN
R19

25
WIN
R20

Ret
QLD
R21

6
BAT
R22

5
SUR
R23

3
SUR
R24

2
PUK
R25

8
PUK
R26

9
PUK
R27

Ret
SAN
R28

7
SAN
R29

17
7th 1051
2003 Ford Performance Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R1

7
PHI
R3

1
EAS
R4

2
WIN
R5

10
BAR
R6

6
BAR
R7

Ret
BAR
R8

17
HDV
R9

28
HDV
R10

27
HDV
R11

15
QLD
R12

6
ORA
R13

2
SAN
R14

16
BAT
R15

2
SUR
R16

15
SUR
R17

9
PUK
R18

16
PUK
R19

12
PUK
R20

18
EAS
R21

6
EAS
R22

4
5th 1756
2004 Ford Performance Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

Ret
EAS
R3

2
PUK
R4

8
PUK
R5

29
PUK
R6

Ret
HDV
R7

12
HDV
R8

5
HDV
R9

9
BAR
R10

21
BAR
R11

Ret
BAR
R12

DNS
QLD
R13

Ret
WIN
R14

27
ORA
R15

19
ORA
R16

26
SAN
R17

18
BAT
R18

2
SUR
R19

4
SUR
R20

Ret
SYM
R21

6
SYM
R22

6
SYM
R23

13
EAS
R24

2
EAS
R25

3
EAS
R26

Ret
20th 1182
2005 Team Betta Electrical Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

3
ADE
R2

2
PUK
R3

14
PUK
R4

5
PUK
R5

Ret
BAR
R6

21
BAR
R7

3
BAR
R8

Ret
EAS
R9

2
EAS
R10

1
SHA
R11

4
SHA
R12

Ret
SHA
R13

Ret
HDV
R14

3
HDV
R15

32
HDV
R16

11
QLD
R17

1
ORA
R18

9
ORA
R19

4
SAN
R20

1
BAT
R21

15
SUR
R22

2
SUR
R23

1
SUR
R24

1
SYM
R25

5
SYM
R26

3
SYM
R27

3
PHI
R28

1
PHI
R29

3
PHI
R30

15
2nd 1865
2006 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

1
ADE
R2

Ret
PUK
R3

5
PUK
R4

17
PUK
R5

2
BAR
R6

3
BAR
R7

14
BAR
R8

2
WIN
R9

2
WIN
R10

8
WIN
R11

1
HDV
R12

4
HDV
R13

3
HDV
R14

1
QLD
R15

4
QLD
R16

5
QLD
R17

4
ORA
R18

2
ORA
R19

2
ORA
R20

1
SAN
R21

3
BAT
R22

1
SUR
R23

11
SUR
R24

7
SUR
R25

14
SYM
R26

27
SYM
R27

9
SYM
R28

7
BHR
R29

9
BHR
R30

5
BHR
R31

3
PHI
R32

4
PHI
R33

3
PHI
R34

29
2nd 3271
2007 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1

13
ADE
R2

11
BAR
R3

4
BAR
R4

8
BAR
R5

8
PUK
R6

14
PUK
R7

7
PUK
R8

4
WIN
R9

18
WIN
R10

6
WIN
R11

5
EAS
R12

9
EAS
R13

4
EAS
R14

2
HDV
R15

3
HDV
R16

1
HDV
R17

1
QLD
R18

5
QLD
R19

3
QLD
R20

2
ORA
R21

7
ORA
R22

1
ORA
R23

14
SAN
R24

1
BAT
R25

1
SUR
R26

3
SUR
R27

24
SUR
R28

7
BHR
R29

Ret
BHR
R30

5
BHR
R31

1
SYM
R32

5
SYM
R33

6
SYM
R34

5
PHI
R35

4
PHI
R36

6
PHI
R37

3
3rd 592
2008 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1

3
ADE
R2

Ret
EAS
R3

7
EAS
R4

3
EAS
R5

8
HAM
R6

19
HAM
R7

14
HAM
R8

7
BAR
R29

5
BAR
R10

4
BAR
R11

4
SAN
R12

3
SAN
R13

1
SAN
R14

DNS
HDV
R15

5
HDV
R16

4
HDV
R17

Ret
QLD
R18

28
QLD
R19

12
QLD
R20

7
WIN
R21

1
WIN
R22

5
WIN
R23

6
PHI
QR

1
PHI
R24

2
BAT
R25

1
SUR
R26

6
SUR
R27

9
SUR
R28

9
BHR
R29

2
BHR
R30

3
BHR
R31

3
SYM
R32

6
SYM
R33

2
SYM
R34

2
ORA
R35

2
ORA
R36

5
ORA
R37

3
4th 2871
2009 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford FG Falcon ADE
R1

19
ADE
R2

4
HAM
R3

24
HAM
R4

Ret
WIN
R5

1
WIN
R6

1
SYM
R7

7
SYM
R8

10
HDV
R9

6
HDV
R10

3
TOW
R11

4
TOW
R12

9
SAN
R13

3
SAN
R14

5
QLD
R15

Ret
QLD
R16

2
PHI
QR

18
PHI
R17

2
BAT
R18

5
SUR
R19

4
SUR
R20

4
SUR
R21

1
SUR
R22

13
PHI
R23

28
PHI
R24

7
BAR
R25

6
BAR
R26

1
SYD
R27

19
SYD
R28

Ret
4th 2592
2010 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1

2
YMC
R2

5
BHR
R3

3
BHR
R4

12
ADE
R5

19
ADE
R6

16
HAM
R7

4
HAM
R8

19
QLD
R9

2
QLD
R10

5
WIN
R11

2
WIN
R12

2
HDV
R13

7
HDV
R14

5
TOW
R15

26
TOW
R16

Ret
PHI
QR

2
PHI
R17

1
BAT
R18

1
SUR
R19

2
SUR
R20

10
SYM
R21

1
SYM
R22

Ret
SAN
R23

8
SAN
R24

11
SYD
R25

Ret
SYD
R26

6
4th 2669
2011 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1

7
YMC
R2

21
ADE
R3

3
ADE
R4

12
HAM
R5

2
HAM
R6

10
BAR
R7

2
BAR
R8

4
BAR
R9

4
WIN
R10

11
WIN
R11

7
HID
R12

3
HID
R13

2
TOW
R14

4
TOW
R15

2
QLD
R16

1
QLD
R17

1
QLD
R18

1
PHI
QR

6
PHI
R19

1
BAT
R20

2
SUR
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

20
SYM
R23

2
SYM
R24

5
SAN
R25

6
SAN
R26

4
SYD
R27

1
SYD
R28

2
2nd 3133
2012 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

4
ADE
R2

5
SYM
R3

5
SYM
R4

Ret
HAM
R5

4
HAM
R6

4
BAR
R7

3
BAR
R8

6
BAR
R9

6
PHI
R10

15
PHI
R11

2
HID
R12

4
HID
R13

1
TOW
R14

5
TOW
R15

2
QLD
R16

1
QLD
R17

1
SMP
R18

1
SMP
R19

2
SAN
QR

7
SAN
R20

1
BAT
R21

3
SUR
R22

6
SUR
R23

6
YMC
R24

8
YMC
R25

11
YMC
R26

11
WIN
R27

2
WIN
R28

1
SYD
R29

1
SYD
R30

2
2nd 3522
2013 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

1
ADE
R2

3
SYM
R3

26
SYM
R4

10
SYM
R5

11
PUK
R6

3
PUK
R7

16
PUK
R8

4
PUK
R9

9
BAR
R10

1
BAR
R11

8
BAR
R12

2
COA
R13

2
COA
R14

2
COA
R15

2
COA
R16

5
HID
R17

26
HID
R18

3
HID
R19

1
TOW
R20

4
TOW
R21

7
QLD
R22

4
QLD
R23

12
QLD
R24

6
WIN
R25

21
WIN
R26

12
WIN
R27

10
SAN
QR

3
SAN
R28

2
BAT
R29

3
SUR
R30

1
SUR
R31

8
PHI
R32

8
PHI
R33

1
PHI
R34

3
SYD
R35

15
SYD
R36

5
2nd 2966
2014 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

2
ADE
R2

1
ADE
R3

2
SYM
R4

8
SYM
R5

5
SYM
R6

1
WIN
R7

8
WIN
R8

16
WIN
R9

7
PUK
R10

3
PUK
R11

16
PUK
R12

10
PUK
R13

20
BAR
R14

6
BAR
R15

1
BAR
R16

2
HID
R17

2
HID
R18

2
HID
R19

17
TOW
R20

Ret
TOW
R21

6
TOW
R22

23
QLD
R23

2
QLD
R24

2
QLD
R25

2
SMP
R26

3
SMP
R27

11
SMP
R28

9
SAN
QR

7
SAN
R29

4
BAT
R30

10
SUR
R31

17
SUR
R32

11
PHI
R33

2
PHI
R34

2
PHI
R35

10
SYD
R36

13
SYD
R37

20
SYD
R38

17
4th 2659
2015 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

4
ADE
R2

3
ADE
R3

9
SYM
R4

1
SYM
R5

1
SYM
R6

6
BAR
R7

3
BAR
R8

5
BAR
R9

2
WIN
R10

12
WIN
R11

8
WIN
R12

3
HID
R13

18
HID
R14

1
HID
R15

15
TOW
R16

14
TOW
R17

9
QLD
R18

3
QLD
R19

2
QLD
R20

2
SMP
R21

5
SMP
R22

10
SMP
R23

10
SAN
QR

23
SAN
R24

13
BAT
R25

1
SUR
R26

3
SUR
R27

4
PUK
R28

4
PUK
R29

Ret
PUK
R30

2
PHI
R31

1
PHI
R32

3
PHI
R33

1
SYD
R34

15
SYD
R35

7
SYD
R36

6
2nd 3008
2016 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

7
ADE
R2

10
ADE
R3

13
SYM
R4

5
SYM
R5

2
PHI
R6

6
PHI
R7

5
BAR
R8

1
BAR
R9

3
WIN
R10

15
WIN
R11

8
HID
R12

11
HID
R13

3
TOW
R14

12
TOW
R15

10
QLD
R16

3
QLD
R17

1
SMP
R18

6
SMP
R19

2
SAN
QR

12
SAN
R20

8
BAT
R21

16
SUR
R22

6
SUR
R23

4
PUK
R24

16
PUK
R25

15
PUK
R26

4
PUK
R27

6
SYD
R28

8
SYD
R29

9
4th 2770
2017 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

8
ADE
R2

10
SYM
R3

3
SYM
R4

4
PHI
R5

12
PHI
R6

23
BAR
R7

7
BAR
R8

8
WIN
R9

6
WIN
R10

15
HID
R11

7
HID
R12

6
TOW
R13

6
TOW
R14

10
QLD
R15

5
QLD
R16

6
SMP
R17

7
SMP
R18

24
SAN
QR

DNF
SAN
R19

11
BAT
R20

11
SUR
R21

7
SUR
R22

4
PUK
R23

8
PUK
R24

4
NEW
R25

Ret
NEW
R26

Ret
10th 2160
2018 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden ZB Commodore ADE
R1

9
ADE
R2

7
MEL
R3

16
MEL
R4

Ret
MEL
R5

6
MEL
R6

12
SYM
R7

2
SYM
R8

1
PHI
R9

4
PHI
R10

7
BAR
R11

5
BAR
R12

3
WIN
R13

13
WIN
R14

12
HID
R15

7
HID
R16

10
TOW
R17

4
TOW
R18

4
QLD
R19

3
QLD
R20

8
SMP
R21

4
BEN
R22

10
BEN
R23

8
SAN
QR

10
SAN
R24

3
BAT
R25

1
SUR
R26

2
SUR
R27

C
PUK
R28

11
PUK
R29

4
NEW
R30

23
NEW
R31

11
4th 3225

Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1994 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VP Australia Brad Jones 2nd 161
1995 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VR New Zealand Greg Murphy DNF 10
1996 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VR New Zealand Greg Murphy 1st 161
1997 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VS New Zealand Greg Murphy DNF 38
1998 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VT Australia Mark Skaife 6th 159
1999 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VT Australia Cameron McConville 2nd 161
2000 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VT Australia Mark Skaife 6th 161
2001 Gibson Motor Sport Ford Falcon AU Australia Neil Crompton 17th 156
2002 Gibson Motor Sport Ford Falcon AU Australia Neil Crompton DNF 127
2003 Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon BA Australia Glenn Seton 2nd 161
2004 Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon BA Australia Glenn Seton 2nd 161
2005 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Falcon BA France Yvan Muller 15th 151
2006 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Falcon BA Australia Jamie Whincup 1st 161
2007 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Falcon BF Australia Jamie Whincup 1st 161
2008 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Falcon BF Australia Jamie Whincup 1st 161
2009 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Falcon FG Australia Jamie Whincup 5th 161
2010 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VE Australia Mark Skaife 1st 161
2011 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VE Australia Mark Skaife 2nd 161
2012 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VE Australia Warren Luff 3rd 161
2013 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VF Australia Warren Luff 3rd 161
2014 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VF New Zealand Steven Richards 10th 161
2015 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VF New Zealand Steven Richards 1st 161
2016 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VF New Zealand Steven Richards 16th 156
2017 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VF New Zealand Steven Richards 11th 160
2018 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB New Zealand Steven Richards 1st 161

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1997 RSM Marko SIL
14
PAU
Ret
HEL
Ret
NÜR
Ret
PER
4
HOC
Ret
A1R
Ret
SPA
Ret
MUG
21
JER
9
17th 3

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1994 Australia John Morriss Australia John Morriss
Australia Phil Morriss
Nissan Pulsar SSS B 236 14th 1st
2011 Germany Joest Racing
Australia Audi Australia
Australia Mark Eddy
Australia Warren Luff
Audi R8 LMS GT3 A 292 2nd 2nd
2012 Germany Phoenix Racing Australia Mark Eddy
Australia Warren Luff
Audi R8 LMS GT3 A 156 DNF DNF
2013 Australia Rod Salmon Australia Warren Luff
Australia Rod Salmon
Audi R8 LMS GT3 A 162 DNF DNF
2014 Australia Maranello Motorsport Australia John Bowe
Australia Peter Edwards
Finland Mika Salo
Ferrari 458 GT3 A 296 1st 1st
2017 Australia Maranello Motorsport Finland Toni Vilander
Australia Jamie Whincup
Ferrari 488 GT3 AP 290 1st 1st
2018 Australia YNA Autosport France Côme Ledogar
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
McLaren 650S GT3 APP 119 DNF DNF

Personal life[edit]

In August 2011 Lowndes and Natalie confirmed their separation.[11] They share custody of son, Levi, and daughter, Chilli.[citation needed]

Lowndes signs autographs at the Sydney Motorsport Park during the V8 Supercars Test Day in 2014

Lowndes and second wife Lara married in 2015.[citation needed] They reside in Brisbane.[citation needed]

Lowndes is the son of former Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) chief scrutineer Frank Lowndes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Craig Lowndes to retire from full-time driving". Wide World of Sports. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Craig Lowndes receives Queen's Birthday honour". speedcafe.com. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  3. ^ Autocourse, 1997–98, pages 274–275
  4. ^ "Van Gisbergen to join three car Triple Eight in 2016". Speedcafe. 6 March 2015.
  5. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (7 May 2016). "Lowndes steals victory in Barbagallo thriller". Speedcafe. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  6. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (28 August 2016). "Whincup records 100th Supercars win". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  7. ^ "AUTOBARN LOWNDES RACING ZB COMMODORE REVEALED - Auto Action". Auto Action. 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  8. ^ Howard, Tom (6 July 2018). "Lowndes to retire at end of season". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Craig Lowndes announces retirement". abc.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Australian Associated Press. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  10. ^ Auto Action, 15 April 1994
  11. ^ "Craig and Natalie Lowndes confirm separation". Speedcafe.com. Retrieved 29 August 2011.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Bowe
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1996
Succeeded by
Glenn Seton
Preceded by
Larry Perkins
Russell Ingall
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1996
(with Greg Murphy)
Succeeded by
Geoff Brabham
David Brabham
Preceded by
Glenn Seton
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1998 and 1999
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Preceded by
None
Winner of the Clipsal 500
1999
Succeeded by
Garth Tander
Preceded by
Mark Skaife
Todd Kelly
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2006, 2007 and 2008
(with Jamie Whincup)
Succeeded by
Garth Tander
Will Davison
Preceded by
Garth Tander
Will Davison
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2010
(with Mark Skaife)
Succeeded by
Garth Tander
Nick Percat
Preceded by
None
Winner of the V8 Supercars Endurance Cup
2013
(with Warren Luff)
Succeeded by
Jamie Whincup
Paul Dumbrell
Preceded by
Bernd Schneider
Thomas Jäger
Alexander Roloff
Winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour
2014
(with Peter Edwards & John Bowe & Mika Salo)
Succeeded by
Katsumasa Chiyo
Wolfgang Reip
Florian Strauss
Preceded by
Chaz Mostert
Paul Morris
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2015
(with Steven Richards)
Succeeded by
Will Davison
Jonathon Webb
Preceded by
Álvaro Parente
Shane van Gisbergen
Jonathon Webb
Winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour
2017
(with Toni Vilander & Jamie Whincup)
Succeeded by
Robin Frijns
Stuart Leonard
Dries Vanthoor
Preceded by
David Reynolds
Luke Youlden
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2018
(with Steven Richards)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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Chaz Mostert
Steve Owen
Winner of the Enduro Cup
2018
(with Steven Richards)
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Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marcos Ambrose
Barry Sheene Medal
2005 and 2006
Succeeded by
Jamie Whincup
Preceded by
James Courtney
Barry Sheene Medal
2011
Succeeded by
Mark Winterbottom
Preceded by
Mark Winterbottom
Barry Sheene Medal
2013
Succeeded by
Scott McLaughlin
Preceded by
Jason Richards
Peter Brock Medal
2013
Succeeded by
Neal Bates
Preceded by
Scott McLaughlin
Barry Sheene Medal
2015
Succeeded by
Scott McLaughlin
Records
Preceded by
Mark Skaife
42 wins
(1987 – 2011)
Most ATCC round wins
49
(1996 – 2015),
43rd win at the 2012 Sydney Telstra 500
Succeeded by
Jamie Whincup
50 wins
(2002 – present)
Preceded by
Mark Skaife
90 wins
(1987 – 2011)
Most ATCC race wins
105
(1996 – 2015),
91st win at the 2013 Chill Perth 360
Succeeded by
Jamie Whincup
114 wins
(2002 – present)