CRAIG Lowndes can have at the very least one other seven pictures at beating Peter Brock’s all-time Bathurst successful record with the Holden legend declaring he’ll nonetheless be taking over Mount Panorama when he’s 50.
In an unique interview with the Sunday Telegraph forward of subsequent Sunday’s Bathurst 1000, Lowndes opened up on his love affair with Mount Panorama and his bid to turn out to be Bathurst’s best ever driver.
Lowndes, 43, can be out to win his seventh title subsequent weekend when he groups up with Steven Richards for his 24th Bathurst 1000.
And there isn’t any finish in sight for the Triple Eight Race Engineering famous person with Lowndes declaring he may nonetheless be racing at Mount Panorama when he’s 50 as he chases Brock’s all-time record of 9 Bathurst wins.
“I would really like to suppose that I’ll nonetheless be driving round Bathurst when I’m 50,’’ Lowndes stated.
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“It will all come down to being aggressive. I would like to make it possible for whoever I’m teaming up with will know I’m in rivalry of a podium or a win. You need to be truthful to the group and the sponsors.’’
Confirming for the primary time his want to proceed driving when his two-year cope with Triple Eight expires on the finish of 2019, Lowndes revealed his plan to proceed as an endurance occasion co-driver.
The six-time Bathurst winner stated he would proceed as a co-driver in a transfer that will see him race at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.
“I’ll positively hold it up full-time sooner or later and I’ll proceed as a co-driver,’’ Lowndes stated.
“The two issues which have stored me inside a race automotive are the joy of being in a single and the keenness of being a part of a group. But being aggressive and up the entrance can be an essential issue. I do know my qualifying this 12 months has not been a robust level however we have now been in a position to pull outcomes on the race weekends.
“I feel for me that there isn’t any doubt there can be a stepping down part. I’ll go to co-driving sooner or later.’’
The revelation that he’ll proceed as a co-driver may imply Lowndes nonetheless racing at Bathurst in 2024 in what could be his 30th Mount Panorama begin.
“How lengthy can I co-drive for?’’ Lowndes stated.
“Who is aware of? Again it should come down to how aggressive I’m on the time.’’
First racing at Bathurst in 1994 for the Holden Racing Team, the person employed by Holden to take over from Brock is simply three wins away from equalling his mentor’s record.
Lowndes has not but given up on equalling his hero — and even beating him.
“Growing up as a baby I dreamt of coming right here and racing,’’ Lowndes stated.
“I additionally dreamt of successful it and I’ve been fortunate sufficient and lucky sufficient to win it as many occasions as I’ve. The want is now to win extra. If I can get anyplace close to Brock’s record, that will be wonderful.’’
Out of rivalry for this 12 months’s championship, Lowndes remains to be considered a robust Bathurst risk, with the TAB itemizing him fourth favorite at $eight.
Lowndes declared he could be going all out to win the race that he stated was much more prestigious than the championship title.
“It is a kind of races the place you might be at all times in rivalry whatever the championship,’’ Lowndes stated.
“And one that you really want to win much more in the event you aren’t within the championship. You at all times need to win one of many large ones and Bathurst has at all times been the one for me.
“It is the occasion I’ve at all times wished to win. I’ve made no secret that I would like to win a Bathurst than a championship. From the place we’re sitting proper now we’re positively placing each effort into Bathurst.’’
Bathurst races: 23
Race wins: 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015
Podiums: 1994 (second), 1999 (second), 2003 (second), 2004 (second), 2011 (second), 2012 (third), 2013 (third)
2017 TAB winner odds: $eight
Overall races: 619
Race wins: 105
Series championships: three (1996, 1998, 1999)