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WEATHER-BEATEN IN SYDNEY
Two races cut short by severe rain storms and a monster qualifying crash put paid to Craig Lowndes’ chances of securing second place in the 2014 V8 Supercar Championship on the weekend.
 
In discomfort during all three races at Sydney’s Homebush Olympic Park circuit from his heavy contact with the concrete wall at the high-speed Turn 5, Craig did what he could but ran out of opportunity with the two rain curtailed events.
 
“The track conditions after the rain storms on Saturday and Sunday afternoons were diabolical, you couldn’t see anything at all, so it was the right decision to stop both races,” Craig Lowndes said.
 
“Unfortunately the lack of laps in two of the three races meant I couldn’t make much progress (through the field).
 
“I am really disappointed for the team, they did a brilliant job to rebuild my car after the qualifying crash and they’ve been brilliant all season, I really wanted to get second (in the championship) for them.  
 
“Now that the season’s over, I’m looking forward to getting away for a little bit then getting ready for 2015, which should be a cracker of a year.”
 
 
Friday
  •  Humid overcast conditions
  • Craig brushes wall on spilt fluid in the middle session
  • 14th overall for the day
“We worked really hard to get the car right today and it’s not quite there at the moment but we’re getting there. I think we just need to find a little bit more speed in the second half of the lap. This is one of the toughest tracks we race at, it’s really hard to get it right. To get a good, clean lap around here is really satisfying as a driver, because there are so many variables.”
 
 
Saturday
  • Craig crashes heavily in qualifying for Race 36, misses qualifying for Race 37
  • Finishes 13th in Race 36
  • Race 37 Red Flagged by rain storm, Craig is classified 20th 
“I was on a great lap, two tenths up, when turning into turn five I had more grip than I expected and clipped the inside wall. That spat me into the outside wall, and it was a big hit. I’m okay but the car was heavily damaged.
 
“Our boys did a brilliant job to put the car back together (for the first race), I can’t thank them enough. 
 
“In the first race today the car was good but the cross member was still bent, so the steering was incredibly heavy and that made it a tough race, but we made some progress.
 
“In the afternoon race, starting down the back, I was just trying to keep it neat until the rains came. But the storm was crazy; the track was flooded everywhere, I couldn’t even figure out where I was on the track, I just had to follow the tail lights in front of me.
 
“I’m pretty sore (from the accident) and strapped up but I’m okay, hopefully it’ll be a better day for us tomorrow.”
 
 
Sunday
  • Craig very sore from Saturday’s accident
  • Qualifies 18th for Race 38
  • Rain storm stops race, Craig is classified 17th 
“It was always going to be an interesting weekend knowing that the forecast was going to be all over the place. 
 
“No question it’s a disappointing finish for us, I think we had a good opportunity to grab second in the championship but with the accident in qualifying on Saturday it really hurt us, and me. Still, there’s a lot to celebrate over the next couple of weeks with taking out the Teams’ Championship and Jamie winning the Drivers’ Championship.”
 

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