Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:57

Lowndes column: Pathway to Supercars

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Craig Lowndes discusses the current pathway to Supercars and compares it to his arrival in the series in his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #99.

Issue #99 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 issue #99.

"The Super2 category is now a fantastic training ground," writes Lowndes.

"It's designed not only for drivers but also for engineers, team owners, mechanics to develop and get the experience that they need to step up. And I think that if you're successful in the Super2 category, there's no doubt that you're good enough to step up into the main game and be competitive.

"I'm also a fan of Super2 wildcards being invited into the main game because that only accelerates their development and adds to the competition and talking points in the series."

Lowndes also discusses the role open-wheel categories such as Formula Ford, Formula Holden and Formula 3000 played in his formative years and the prospects of the Formula 5000 series being developed by Supercars.

"I grew up watching the original Formula 5000 category and they were amazing cars," writes Lowndes.

"The prototype of the new Formula 5000 car looks great and it's sure to be a hit with the fans.

"Hopefully, though, we don't saturate the market with too many categories because you'd rather see less series with bigger grids than more categories all struggling for numbers."

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #99 to read the column.

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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

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18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

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5-8 October

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20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

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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

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