Craig Lowndes will grace Supercars for at least a few years yet
Craig Lowndes will grace Supercars for at least a few years yet

Veteran Lowndes on track to extend Supercars career

MOTORSPORT: Craig Lowndes's hall of fame Supercars career will continue on for another couple of years at least.

The 42-year-old veteran has signed a new two-year deal with Triple Eight that will see him stick with the squad until the end of the 2019 season.

Lowndes has collected five of his six Bathurst 1000 wins and 53 of his record total of 105 Supercars race wins since joining the Brisbane-based squad in 2006.

"I'm really happy to be staying with Triple Eight for at least another two years," Lowndes said. "I've been here a long time now and we've enjoyed a great amount of success together over the years.

"I've always said that if I'm still motivated and I'm still competitive, then I'll keep going. We finished fourth in the championship last year and I'm enjoying racing as much as I ever have, so it was a no-brainer for me to continue.

 

"Staying on with Triple Eight was always my first choice, so it's a great feeling for the rest of this year knowing that I'm going to be continuing where I am for the foreseeable future."

Lowndes has been a regular title contender throughout the sport's Car of The Future era, coming within an ace of winning the 2013 and 2015 titles. He has not finished lower than fourth in the championship since joining Triple Eight.

The deal puts to bed speculation over Lowndes future, with Triple Eight chief Roland Dane affirming his preference was always for Lowndes to remain part of the team.

"Craig really is part of the family here and it's terrific that he wants to continue with us for another two years," Dane said.

"We've achieved an awful lot during his time with Triple Eight and we aim to continue building on that into the future with more race wins and of course another Bathurst win.

"There was never a question mark for me over whether we wanted Craig to stay with the team and I'm pleased we've been able to confirm the extension relatively early in the season."

The contract may prove to be the last full-time deal Lowndes signs in the series. He will be 45 years old at the end of the 2019 season, but would no doubt be a welcome Enduro Cup co-driver whenever he decides to call time on his full-time career.

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