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Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00

Lowndes column: The start of something big


It's been a big year for Craig Lowndes in 2016, following on from his 100-win milestone, Bathurst victory and runners-up finish in the V8 Supercars championship last season.

Lowndes moved clear of Russell Ingall on the all-time round starts list at the 2016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide, becoming the first driver to exceed 250 round starts.

It's the latest record Lowndes has added to his impressive resume, which includes most race and round wins; most race wins at Phillip Island, Barbagallo Raceway, Queensland Raceway, Sandown Raceway; most championship race wins and podiums at Mount Panorama; youngest ever champion (21 years old); most race wins in succession (eight in 1996); and most race wins in a season (16 in 1996).

Lowndes will pen exclusive columns for V8X Supercar Magazine throughout 2016, joining reigning champion Mark Winterbottom and team owner Garry Rogers as columnists for the leading V8 Supercars print publication.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92, featuring Lowndes' first column, is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92.

The print edition also includes a free pullout Team Vortex Lowndes poster.

"We have a different sponsor in Caltex, who have been fantastic, but at the end of the day we all come out of the same factory," writes Lowndes.

"The cars get prepped together, we have debriefs as one and I still go into the Triple Eight workshop, so none of that side has changed.

"I'm convinced that we've got a car that's now capable of winning races. The equipment we've got is no different to the Red Bull cars in the other garage. It's just a matter of us massaging the car and finding the setup that suits the various tracks.

"There's no question that we can win races and compete for the championship. It's been a long time since my last championship, but I am still hungry and capable of winning another. I've got a desire to hold up that trophy at the end of the year and you can rest assured that I will be working really hard to try to achieve that."

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 to read the full column and grab a copy of the pullout poster.