Monday, 22 May 2017 10:50

Lowndes column: Still learning in Supercars

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Craig Lowndes may be the most experienced driver in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, but he is still learning and adapting as he goes on as he details in his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #98.

Issue #98 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.

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"Tyres are the big change for us in Supercars this season, as we get our heads around the new-construction Dunlop tyres and the change in compounds at events," writes Lowndes.

"We never stop learning in this industry and we've been working on developing our driving style to cope with not only the new tyres but also in the new relationship with 'Irish' (John McGregor) and Ken Douglas.

"Ken works with the team and has picked up things in my driving style that I've gotten away with for a long time that have hurt me in some areas. I got used to where I was at in terms of my driving style and it wasn't perfect.

"The competition is so tight these days that a tenth of a second can bump you down the grid by a number of positions, so we need to find hundredths of a second and not just tenths.

"We started at Homebush last season to implement some changes for me as a driver and have found some things to look for going forward. We analysed things that not all race engineers look at, the actual style of my driving and not just how the car behaves.

"My bad habit was that I get used to driving the car in one way. That tends to stick and sometimes you keep up any bad habits that develop over time, even when things like new tyres and engineering changes require a new style.

"We've got to take all that into account and also now look at this tyre and figure out what it wants. We've got to understand and maximise that, which will require changes to the way I drive throughout the season."

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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table