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CRAIG LOWNDES BREAKS V8 WIN RECORD
Craig Lowndes yesterday reset the record for the most race victories ever in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercar Championship competition.
Lowndes' win in the Chill Perth 360 at Barbagallo Raceway lifted his career tally to 91 wins, bettering the total set by former team mate Mark Skaife.
The achievement was reached in his 17th full time season of top level motorsport competition after a total of 481 races, with the victory also the 100th for his Triple 8 Race Engineering team.
"It's such a great feeling," Lowndes said.
"It almost feels like my first victory because everyone has been expecting me to reach it for so long.
"Of course, when you finally get that victory you can relax, and it's nice to finally have done it and have Skaifey congratulate me there on the grid."
Lowndes' first foray into V8 Supercar competition came fresh out of Formula Ford at the 1994 Sandown 500 for the Holden Racing Team.
An outstanding second outright inthe next event, the Bathurst 1000, set the wheels in motion for his professional career.
Making his first championship start at Eastern Creek in 1996, Lowndes was a winner on debut, before claiming the title at his first attempt, the youngest driver to do so at age 22.
That season saw Lowndes win a total of 16 of the 30 races, including a stretch of eight race wins, both records to this day.
The Championship success was backed up with victory in both of the season's endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst, the first driver to achieve the feat since his mentor Peter Brock in 1978 and 1980.
Lowndes went on to win the Championship again in 1998 and '99, with the achievements backed up with further Bathurst victories in 2006, '07, '08 and '10. He also hasfive Sandown 500 successes to his credit, as was well as a victory in the Queensland 500 and two wins in the Phillip Island 500km races.
From the Holden Racing Team, Lowndes moved to Gibson/00 Motorsport, Ford Performance Racing, and finally Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2005, where he remains tothis date.
Lowndes will be looking to add to his win tally at today, with two further races at Barbagallo Raceway.
Craig Lowndes Bio
Three-time V8 Supercar champion - 1996, 1998 and 1999
Won 1996 championship in rookie year, youngest-ever series champion at age 22
Second in championship in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012, third in 2000 and 2007
91 V8 Supercar race wins
31 V8 Supercar pole positions
Five-time Bathurst 1000 winner - 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010
1993 Australian Formula Ford Champion
1994 Australian Silver Star Champion
2010 Australian Safari Winner