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AUSSIES CONQUER MONTE CARLO HISTORIC RALLY

Craig Lowndes and Team Australia have conquered the 2013 running of the Monte Carlo Historic Rally, with the squad's FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

Teamed with Richard Davison and Gary Poole, the squad departed from Glasgow on January 25th, tracing the route originally taken by Lex Davison (four-time Australian Grand Prix winner, father of Richard and grandfather of V8 Supercar drivers Will and Alex Davison), Stan Jones (winner of the Australian Grand Prix and father of F1 Champion Alan Jones), and Tony Gaze (World War II flying ace and former Grand Prix driver). FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

The six day event saw cars from the period between 1955 and 1980 converge in Monte Carlo after starting in Glasgow, Barcelona, Reims and Copenhagen, with the Holden the oldest machine to successfully finish the drive. FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

The event was held largely on icy, snow covered roads, with several of the latter stages taken straight from the World Rally Championship Monte Carlo Rally, which was held a week earlier. FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

The Rally wasn't without its problems for the crew, with persistent wheel bearing issues testing the team's creative repair skills, with vintage Holden spare parts in short supply throughout southern France! FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

"To cross the finishing ramp at 3:30 in the morning was one of the proudest moments in my career," Lowndes said. FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

"It's a tribute to the entire team that we have been able to complete the event, and pay tribute to our Formula 1 drivers who achieved this feat 60 years ago. FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

"The roads in the rally were just incredible, covered in snow and ice, with no barriers and sheer drops at the edge of the road. FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

"Coming face-to-face with a snow plough as we were belting around a corner, as well as dealing with snow covering our headlights, were some of the new experiences we encounted . We certainly downed our share of Red Bull to get through!" FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

By the conclusion of the gruelling Rally, a total of 50 of the 311 starters had fallen by the wayside. FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

This week Lowndes returns to Australia and transits directly to Mount Panorama, where he will share an Audi R8 LMS with Warren Luff and Rod Salmon in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. FX Holden re-enacting the journey completed by the first Holden ever used in an international motorsport event.

Red Bull Racing Australia will be officially launched on February 14, before the official V8 Supercar test day at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 16, where Lowndes' will make his first public appearance aboard his new VF Commodore.


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