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Craig Lowndes Career Profile

  • Date of Birth: 21 June 1974
  • Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Resides: Brisbane, Queensland
  • Married: Lara
  • Children: Son Levi, Daughter Chilli

Craig Lowndes Career Highlights

  •  Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (2012)

  • Holds the record for the most race wins in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercar Championship

  • First driver to reach 100 Championship wins at the sport's most elite level

  • Barry Sheene Medal winner (2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015)

  • 6 time Bathurst winner (1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015)

  • 3 time Australian Champion (1996, 1998, 1999)

  • 600 Championship race starts

  • 100+ Championship race wins

Career History

One of the nation’s most popular and recognized sporting heroes, Craig Lowndes is the most successful driver in Australian motor sport history.
 

Craig has won more championships races than any other driver at the sport’s highest level, and is also the recipient of a record five Barry Sheene Medals, the sport’s best and fairest award.

In June 2015 Craig became the first Australian driver to win 100 Championship races at the sport’s most elite level.

Craig was also recognized in 2012 with an OAM for services to both the community through his road safety work and to his sport.

Now the most popular driver in the sport, Craig began his career at just nine years of age.

Karting was the starting point for the talented youngster, who quickly showed the potential to rise through the ranks, winning the national Formula Ford title in 1993 and the Formula Holden Silver Star class in 1994.

That success put him on the radar of prominent V8 Supercar team, Holden Racing Team (HRT), with Lowndes earning a drive in the endurance races and finishing second on debut at Bathurst in 1994.

Craig joined HRT fulltime in 1996 and was an instant success. He won his first-ever championship round and went on to become the youngest ever Australian Touring Car Champion, also winning the marquee Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 events as well.

After contesting the European F3000 Championship in 1997, Lowndes returned to Australia and quickly re-asserted himself on the V8 Supercar scene - winning the championship in 1998 and 1999.

In 2001, Lowndes made the most controversial move of any Australian race driver, switching from Holden to Ford.

After a handful of seasons with limited success, highlighted by podium finishes at Bathurst in 2003 and 2004, Lowndes joined Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2005. A powerhouse internationally, Triple Eight was a perfect match for Lowndes, and he finished second in the championship that year.

Lowndes narrowly missed out on the 2006 title, finishing second in a year which included his second Bathurst 1000 victory, and was third in 2007 after another Bathurst triumph.

In 2008 Lowndes enjoyed another impressive campaign, finishing fourth in the championship and helping TeamVodafone to their inaugural team's title. Lowndes and team-mate Jamie Whincup also won a historic, third-consecutive Bathurst 1000.

Season 2009 was yet another strong year for Lowndes, while TeamVodafone continued to dominate the series. Two event wins at Winton and Barbagallo helped Lowndes to another fourth place in the championship.

In 2010 Lowndes and TeamVodafone switched from Ford to Holden and success was immediate, culminating in his fourth Bathurst 1000 victory in five years.

Season 2011 saw Lowndes narrowly finishing second in the championship to teammate Whincup following a showdown at the final race. The year was filled with highlights, including a clean sweep of the Queensland Raceway round, another Phillip Island 500 crown with Mark Skaife, and a stellar drive to second at Bathurst.

Craig was then honoured in 2012 with the awarding of a ‘Medal of the Order of Australia’ (OAM) for services to his sport and the community, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The recognition was in part because of his charitable work with the RSPCA, Violence Against Women, and his continual work on road safety.

Lowndes finished second in both the 2012 and 2013 championships; creating history last year when he won his 92nd career championship race, breaking Mark Skaife’s all time record. By the end of the season the new record, now owned by Craig, was 94 wins …

Craig had another great year in 2014, adding three more race victories on his way to fourth in the championship before creating more history in 2015, becoming the first driver in the history of the sport to win 100 championship races!

Bathurst 2015 also fell to Lowndes, who ultimately went on to finish second in the V8 Supercar Championship.

And to cap a stellar year, Craig also won the Barry Sheene Medal for a record fifth time and the Fans Choice Award as the sport’s most popular driver.

2016 saw a new challenge for Lowndes, the formation of TeamVortex, a ‘team within a team’ at Triple Eight Race Engineering totally focused on Craig. He chalked up another history-making milestone, becoming the first driver to start 600 championship     

Career History

2016- V8 Supercars
600 Championship race starts
Two wins
Wins Fans Choice Award as most popular driver
Team Vortex - Holden Commodore
 
2015- V8 Supercars
Wins his 100th Championship race
First driver in history to achieve 100 wins
Wins his 6th Bathurst 1000
Wins Barry Sheene Medal for record 5th time
Wins Fans Choice Award as most popular driver

2014- V8 Supercars
Fourth in the V8 Supercar Championship 
Three Championship wins 
Tally now 97 Championship race wins
Red Bull Racing Australia
 
2013- V8 Supercars
Recorded most race wins in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercar history
Won Barry Sheene Medal for a record fourth time
Second in the V8 Supercar Championship 
Red Bull Racing Australia
 
2012- V8 Supercars

Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
2nd in Championship
7 race victories
Team Vodafone

2011- V8 Supercars
1st Phillip Island
2nd in Championship
Winner of Barry Sheene Medal
Team Vodafone

2010- V8 Supercars

1st Bathurst
1st Phillip Island
Team Vodafone

2009- V8 Supercars
4th in Championship
TeamVodafone

2008- V8 Supercars
4th in Championship
1st Bathurst 1000
TeamVodafone

2007- V8 Supercars
3rd in Championship
1st Bathurst 1000
TeamVodafone

2006- V8 Supercars

2nd in Championship
1st Bathurst 1000
Triple Eight Race Engineering

2005- V8 Supercars
2nd in Championship
Triple Eight Race Engineering

2004- V8 Supercars
20th in Championship
Ford Performance Racing

2003- V8 Supercars
5th in Championship
Ford Performance Racing

2002- V8 Supercars

7th in Championship
Gibson Motorsport

2001- V8 Supercars
11th in Championship
Gibson Motorsport

2000- V8 Supercars
3rd in Championship
Holden Racing Team

1999- V8 Supercars
1st in Championship
Holden Racing Team

1998- V8 Supercars
1st in Championship
Holden Racing Team

1997- International Formula 3000
17th in Championship
RSM Marko

1996- Australian Touring Car Championship

1st in Championship
1st Bathurst 1000
Holden Racing Team

1995- Australian Touring Car Championship

Qualified 1st for Bathurst 1000
Holden Racing Team

1994- Formula Holden
1st in Silver Star class
2nd at Bathurst 1000 with Holden racing Team

1993- Australian Formula Ford Championship
1st in Championship

Personal Profile:
Name: Craig Lowndes
Nickname: CL
Born: 21 June 1974
Height: 182cm
Weight: 81kg
Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria
Resides: Brisbane, Queensland
Children: Son Levi, Daughter Chilli
 
 
 
 
 


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