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CRAIG WINS SIXTH BATHURST
Craig Lowndes won his sixth Bathurst 1000 at Mt Panorama at the weekend.

Driving with Steve Richards, Craig scored his 101st Championship race win and his fifth Bathurst victory in the last 10 years, in an outstanding performance aboard the #888 Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore.

Battling forward from 15th on the grid, Lowndes and Richards were at the front all day and at the last race restart sped to a three second lead, and held a gap to the finish.

“At the end I focused more on keeping the gap to Frosty [Mark Winterbottom]. That allowed me to ease off on the last lap and enjoy it for what it was,” Craig Lowndes said.

“I could see the crowd going wild on the last lap … it’s always very special here.” 

THURSDAY
Craig 9th quickest in opening practice
Co-driver Steve Richards 3rd fastest in the co-driver session
Craig 6th fastest in final session
“I think we made a lot of progress with the car today. We played with the setup and the car got better and better as the day went on. We’ve got to be very mindful that today is the first day and the track is going to change a lot over the next couple of days. We’ve got to make sure we trend with that. But I’m very happy. I’m a lot more comfortable in the car at this point now than where we were last year.”

FRIDAY
  • Steve 12th fastest in co-driver session
  • Craig 13th in practice
“We were working through some older sets of tyres earlier in the day so it was a little bit challenging to find the balance. Obviously we made some inroads with the car and Jamie was super quick in practice five. The car looks like it’s quick over one lap, but I don’t know what it’s going to be like over a race or stint distance, which we’ll work out tomorrow.”

SATURDAY
  • Rain interrupts Qualifying early in the session
  • Craig caught out by the wet conditions, qualifies 15th 
“We went out on green tyres during qualifying knowing that there might be some wet weather around. The car, to be honest, was a little bit loose at the beginning of my first flying lap so I backed out of it and tried for a second lap. That then put us out of sync with everyone else when we did a timed lap. I made a mistake into The Chase and then another into the last corner, but if I hadn’t made them the predictor said I may have crept into the Top 10 Shootout. 

“I’m a little bit annoyed with myself, but all in all we know the car is faster than where we have put it on the grid. 

“Of course then the rain came as we went to have a second crack at it. We know around this place it’s a long day tomorrow and we know that from last year’s results when you start from further back, anything can happen. Richo and I are very happy in the car. Tomorrow is trophy day so we’ll make sure the car is right for then.”

SUNDAY
  • Craig makes strong start, moves forward immediately
  • Running second by mid race when the rains came
  • Strong second half sees Lowndes & Richards in front
  • Craig wins his sixth Bathurst
“Our car got better and better as the day went on … I struggled in the wet because the tyres were over-pressured so I was glad to get off them, but after that when I was back on slicks the car was really good again.

“The team did a great job all day, it’s been brilliant.”

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