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LOWNDES TO RACE AT SPA

Craig Lowndes is set to contest his first Spa 24 Hour endurance race this year, in an AF Corse-prepared Ferrari 458.

The deal, put together by leading Australian GT outfit Maranello Motorsport, will see Lowndes partner fellow Aussie Steve Wyatt and two other drivers who are yet to be announced for the July event.

"I've driven at Spa before and it's an incredible track," said Lowndes, who raced at the famous Belgian track in F3000 during 1997.

"After our success at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February this year, I just knew we had to put something together.

"I've been wanting to do more GT racing in Europe for a number of years, so to finally have such a great event locked in for 2014 is very exciting.

"The combination of a Ferrari and the Spa circuit really is a dream come true.

"It's no secret we did look at the option of doing the Le Mans 24 Hour this year, but other commitments were making that prospect quite difficult.

"The timing of Spa works perfectly around the V8 Supercar calendar this year and gives us a good opportunity to build something big for next year. It's the perfect scenario, really!

"Unlike Le Mans, there are no prototypes at Spa, so we will be outright contenders in the 458. But it will still obviously be a massive challenge, as a lot can happen going flat out around a place like Spa for 24 hours."

The event is scheduled for July 26-27, in between the V8 Supercar rounds at Townsville and Ipswich.

Lowndes took out this year's Bathurst 12 Hour event in a Maranello-prepared 458 alongside Mika Salo, John Bowe and Peter Edwards.

The 2013 Spa 24 Hour winner HTP Motorsport finished second to the Maranello entry in this year's Bathurst enduro.


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